Bill to make CPR training for students mandatory, passes Senate - Tucson News Now

Bill to make CPR training for students mandatory, passes Senate

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Children could soon be taught to save a life in their classrooms. An Arizona bill is looking to incorporate one type of CPR training in local school districts.

The bill would make it mandatory for students in schools to learn chest compression only CPR.  It is also known as ‘hands only' CPR because it doesn't require mouth to mouth.

A form of CPR that started right here in Tucson.  The method developed at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.  It only requires quick and fast chest compressions on the victim's chest.

SB 1337 wants students in public or charter schools to learn the life saving skill between 7th and 12th grade.  Hands only CPR doesn't require a certified teacher and free tutorials are available. 

The measure would allow school districts to decide which grades they teach and parents to excuse their kids from the training.

The bill would not require students to perform CPR; it would require them to learn it.

Concerns on the bill have come up. 

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal opposes the bill saying schools should not be required to mandate the training. 

SB 1337 already passed through the Arizona Senate, and it is waiting to be heard in the House.

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