Pa. Physicians Find Advocacy Success as CPR Education Bill Is Signed into Law

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019

CPR-TrainingCPR education for Pennsylvania high school students will be enhanced – and lives may be saved as a result – thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on June 12, 2019.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests in the U.S. occur outside the hospital each year. And, only 46 percent of the individuals suffering cardiac arrests outside the hospital received bystander CPR. Educating the next generation on proper CPR techniques will increase the odds of survival.

Key Details on the CPR Education Law (Act 7 of 2019)

  • The law will establish a model curriculum for CPR education for grades nine through twelve, no later than the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Once established, the curriculum will be posted to the Department of Education’s publicly available website and be revised regularly to remain current with national standards.
  • The CPR education will incorporate psychomotor skills training, including hands-only CPR technique, and will include information on the purpose of an automated external defibrillator. 

PAMED Advocacy

The legislation, which received unanimous approval from the House and Senate, was supported by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and stakeholder organizations like the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

At PAMED’s 2017 House of Delegates meeting, physician delegates voted to help advance state legislation advocating for Basic Life Support training in schools for students prior to graduation from high school. We plan to share the new curriculum once it is released and promote CPR education for all Pennsylvanians.

We thank Rep. Tom Killion for sponsoring this important legislation. 


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