CPR Training Bill Advances in Oklahoma Senate

Recently, the Oklahoma Senate passed H.B. 1378 in a bipartisan vote (33-8). The bill requires students to complete instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator in order to graduate from an Oklahoma public high school. H.B. 1378 also includes instruction in the Heimlich Maneuver in physical education classes. The State Board of Education is directed to adopt rules to implement the legislation which would take effect in the 2015-2016 school year. The Oklahoma Chapter worked closely with the American Heart Association in supporting the measure's passage. Presently, 15 states have laws that require CPR training for high school graduation and 18 states have similar bills pending.

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