senate Bill S2491

Amended

Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 24 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 2491A
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1052
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3980
Versions:
S2491
S2491A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง804-c & 804-d, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2491

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to requiring schools to
provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill requires training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be
given as a part of the high school health curriculum.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
See Bill.

EXISTING LAW:
Currently, CPR may be offered as a voluntary addition to the health
curriculum.

JUSTIFICATION:
EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, less than 8 percent of people
who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive to make it
home from the hospital.
Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac
arrest, can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. About 5,920
children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
each year from all causes - including trauma, cardiovascular causes
and sudden infant death syndrome.

The American Heart Association recommends that hands-on CPR training
be a requirement for graduation. Several studies have demonstrated
that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable
levels of skills proficiency in adult CPR in 30 minutes or less. This
legislation does not require all students to become certified in CPR

The American Heart Association's 2010 revised CPR guidelines make it
even easier for more people to perform CPR. A greater emphasis is now
placed on the simplest step - chest compressions. And hands-Only CPR
is easier for a bystander to perform and survival rates are similar
to that of conventional CPR (with both compressions and breaths).

This legislation does not require all students to become certified in
CPR just to learn the basic skills - thereby making CPR instruction
easy and affordable.

Due to the increased percentages of people diagnosed with heart
disease each year, CPR instruction can provide students with the
knowledge necessary to save lives. This bill will ask that secondary
schools provide CPR instruction. This bill will also ensure that such
instructions are properly given and that all lessons meet the
established standards of professional organizations such as the
American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. . Adding CPR
training as part of a student's health curriculum, will increase


awareness of important life saving techniques and could ultimately
save lives.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2001-2002: S.473A - Passed Senate
2003-2004: S.56A - Education
2005-2006: S.972A - Education
2005-2006: A.9881A - Education
2007-2008: S.178B - Passed Senate
2009-2010: Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2491

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ALESI, BRESLIN, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Educa-
  tion

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to requiring schools to
  provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 804-c of the education law, as added by chapter 269
of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:
  S  804-c.  Cardiopulmonary  resuscitation instruction. 1. Instructions
regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation  [may]  SHALL  be  [offered  for
voluntary admission as] a part of the health education curriculum in all
senior high schools. In addition to the requirement that all teachers of
health education shall be certified to teach health, persons instructing
pupils  in  cardiopulmonary  resuscitation  shall  possess valid certif-
ication by an agency offering such certification in the  performance  of
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in its instruction.
  2.  The  commissioner [may] SHALL prescribe regulations governing such
health education courses which shall include instruction in cardiopulmo-
nary resuscitation. Such regulations  shall  in  no  event  prescribe  a
course of study in cardiopulmonary resuscitation which sets forth stand-
ards  for  PSYCHOMOTOR  SKILL  instruction  of a lesser quality than the
requirements of the programs adopted by the American  Heart  Association
or the American Red Cross.
  3. School authorities [that choose to offer such course] shall provide
the  needed  facilities,  time  and  place for the instruction set forth
herein and shall provide learning aids and curriculum resource materials
to support such course of study.
  S 2.  Section 804-d of the education law, as added by chapter  315  of
the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07469-01-1

S. 2491                             2

  S  804-d.  Automated  external defibrillator instruction. Instructions
regarding the correct use of an automated external  defibrillator  shall
be  included  as a part of the health education curriculum in all senior
high schools when cardiopulmonary  resuscitation  instruction  is  being
provided  as authorized by section eight hundred four-c of this article.
In addition to the requirement that all  teachers  of  health  education
shall  be  certified  to teach health, persons instructing pupils in the
correct use of automated external  defibrillators  shall  possess  valid
certification by a nationally recognized organization or the state emer-
gency  medical  services council offering certification in the operation
of an automated external defibrillator [and in its instruction].
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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