Jackson, Miss. – Governor Phil Bryant recently signed HB 234 into law indicating an enormous investment in the health of our communities by laying the groundwork to ensure that all students learn lifesaving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills before they graduate.
“Mississippi is now poised to create a generation of lifesavers,” said Dr. Timothy Quinn of Quinn Healthcare in Ridgeland. “By teaching students CPR before graduation we are adding thousands of young adults with lifesaving skills to our communities, year after year. They will have the skills to save lives whenever, wherever someone suffers cardiac arrest. You can’t put a price on the enormous value this law brings to absolutely everyone in Mississippi.”
The CPR Law:
• Adds CPR as an instructional component to the already required physical education class for high school students
• Must be an American Heart Association or American Red Cross approved program
• A teacher does not have to be a certified CPR trainer to administer a NON certification program such as Hands-Only CPR, but courses resulting in CPR certification MUST be taught by an authorized CPR/AED instructor
• There must be a psychomotor skills component (use hands-on practice to support the cognitive learning)
• The provisions outlined above are a minimum requirement and if a school district decides they want to teach full CPR certification, it is at their discretion.
Nearly 424,000 people have sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 10.4 percent survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates.