Yesterday the Ohio House Education Committee passed Sub. House Bill 113, which would require CPR training for high school students entering 9th grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2016. House Bill 113 was sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville).
“I am pleased to see how the importance of this bill will impact saving lives,” said Grossman. “A victim who receives CPR is often two or three times more likely to survive, and I am confident that this hands-on training will demonstrably increase the skills and confidence needed in an emergency situation.”
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.
“This is common sense legislation that will provide life-saving hands-on CPR training for students across Ohio as well as training with AEDs which are becoming common place in our society,” Manning said.
To provide school districts with flexibility, HB 113 simply states that students must receive basic CPR training at some point in the four years they attend high school. Additionally, the bill only requires the training to last at least 30 minutes and students do not have to become CPR certified as a result of this legislation.
HB 113 was passed unanimously by the House Education Committee.