New bill supports CPR training in schools

February 14, 2001

A new bill calling for $30 million in federal money to support cardiopulmonary resuscitation training (CPR) programs in schools was introduced by Rep Lois Capps (D-CA) and Rep.Mark Foley (R-FL) on Valentines Day. Funding would be provided through grants to states, which then would provide funds to individual school districts. The bill also addresses instruction on the importance of early defibrillation and the operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). A similar bill is planned for introduction in the Senate.

The National Center for Early Defibrillation applauds these developments. For decades, health experts have called for CPR training in schools, and many schools now include CPR training as a component of their health program. However, some schools still do not offer CPR training, often due to cost concerns. If passed, this bill will enable more schools to provide training in the fundamental life skills of CPR and will have the added benefit of teaching young people about the critical importance of early defibrillation.