Bill that could make high school CPR mandatory goes before senate

If you went into cardiac arrest, would you rely on a high school student to save your life?

The American Heart Association says you might have to someday.

"What we're trying to do is have all students in high school have one time training of CPR before they graduate," said American Heart Association Government Relations Representative, Jace Smith.

It's called House Bill 1337 and those trying to change some fundamental language in that bill say that it's a do or die circumstance.


Some of the reason behind this is the CPR guidelines have changed,â?? said Smith.

CPR methods have changed in the past couple years. Instead of giving breath and compression cycles to a victim, it's now strictly compressions. Some schools already have put this new method in their course work.

Under our curriculum in physical education, we offer health, [which] is where the students receive that information on CPR. That's part of the curriculum," said Andrea Salmon, a Jefferson City High School Physical Education teacher.

Besides only learning in class, the bill would allow them to learn CPR whenever they want to.

"We've written the bill really flexible for schools. This training can be given anytime throughout their four years of high school, and also any teacher can also give this training," said Smith.

"I think it's an excellent idea, with the fact that it's the chance to save someone else's life. I think it just doubles the chance for someone else's safety," said Salmon.

Those with the American Heart Association say that House Bill 1337 is slated to go before the senate sometime this week.