Inslee to sign CPR in schools bill
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign SHB 1556 into law tomorrow which ensures that all high school students get CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training before they graduate.
SHB 1556 will make CPR education part of health class and will create a new generation of lifesavers.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people in the United States suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, and only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR.
Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.
The American Heart Association is one of the advocacy groups that have supported the bill, which was sponsored by first responder and State Representative Kevin Van De Wege (D) of Sequim, Wash.