By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Using a mannequin to learn CPR

Kentucky, South Carolina and Wisconsin all have bills before their governors requiring students  learn CPR before graduation.

Kentucky passed Senate Bill 33 on Monday that would require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. Understanding and learning the proper psychomotor skills to administer CPR and AED instruction also is required.

South Carolina’s House Bill 3265 passed on March 23. HB 3265 is also called Ronald Rouse’s Law in memory of the high school senior football player who collapsed twice during a game from a heart condition. He passed away in 2012.

The bill would require high school students to take a Hands-On CPR training course that also includes AED training and instruction in the proper psychomotor skills needed to perform CPR.

Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker received Assembly Bill 545 on Feb. 25 but has not yet signed. If approved, the law would go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year for students in grades 7 through 12. The legislation focuses on CPR and AED training.

There are already 28 states that require students learn CPR to graduate.