A new state law will require South Carolina high school students to learn CPR skills.
Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law last week a measure that would require CPR education as part of high school health courses, according to a release from the American Heart Association (AHA), which promoted the idea. South Carolina is now the 30th state to mandate the courses.
The Post and Courier first reported the governor’s actions.
The AHA states that cardiopulmonary resuscitation has been shown to double and triple survival rates for patients suffering from cardiac arrest,
“We have been working so hard on this legislation for the past four years, and it is great to finally see the result of our hard work today,” said Coleman Maness, whose life was saved by a bystander performing CPR, and who is assisting supporters with the act’s passage. “This bill will ensure that other cardiac arrest victims will have a greater chance at survival.”
It has been named “Ronald Rouse’s Law” after a high school football player from Hartsville who collapsed and died during a 2012 game.
The state Department of Education has expressed concerns about the cost of buying practice manikins, which can run into the triple digits each. The act’s lead sponsor State Rep. Don Wells said the Red Cross is willing to offer the course at little cost.
According to the AHA, more than 400,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. Only 10.4 percent survive.