COLUMBUS — Governor John R. Kasich signed House Bill 113 on Tuesday, June 14, which will improve all Ohio residents’ chances of surviving cardiac arrest.
House Bill 113, sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), requires public schools to provide students with instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, requires training for certain school employees in the use of an automated external defibrillator, revises the law regarding the Joint Education Oversight Committee, high school equivalency tests, and the awarding of certificates of high school equivalence, and makes other revisions regarding the operation of primary and secondary schools. The new law will require CPR training for high school students entering 9th grade for the first time starting during the 2017-2018 school year, making Ohio the 33rd state to pass such a law.
“I believe House Bill 113 is bipartisan, common sense legislation that will have an immediate impact for all communities across the state,” Rep. Manning remarked. “Actual hands-on CPR training helps to prepare individuals to help victims in a severe moment of need. Equally important is the training regarding AEDs which are thankfully becoming more prevalent in our society. This training removes barriers from people who are fearful of handling these easy to use, yet life-saving devices.”
This legislation will require students in grades 9 through 12 to receive CPR training through the use of an automated external defibrillator. Additionally, the bill ensures that students practice “hands on” training with a mannequin to learn the psycho-motor skills necessary to perform CPR. To provide school districts with greater flexibility and local control, HB 113 states that students must receive basic CPR training at some point in the four years they attend high school. Additionally students do not have to become CPR certified as a result of this legislation.
This law is a major initiative of the American Heart Association both in Ohio and nationally. In 2011, the association released a Scientific Advisory stating that bystander CPR training and an overview of AEDs should be required for all high school students. Such training would rapidly increase the number of people ready to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States. Already more than a 1.5 million students are being trained in CPR each year because of this initiative, and Ohio’s new law will add more than 100,000 students trained each year.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. Unfortunately, nearly 90% of cardiac arrest victims do not survive mostly because they don’t receive timely CPR. Our society has the opportunity to change this grim statistic by ensuring more people are trained in CPR, which can double or triple the chances of survival. High schools can play a pivotal role by creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure all students learn CPR before they graduate. In less than 30 minutes we can give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life. Without immediate, effective CPR from a bystander, a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases 7 percent to 10 percent per minute.
About the American Heart Association – The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
Reach the American Heart Association at 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.