senate Bill S6407

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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Jan 21, 2014 referred to education

S6407 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§804-c & 804-d, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S4524A

S6407 - Bill Texts

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Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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BILL NUMBER:S6407

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

PURPOSE:

This bill requires training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. {CPR)
be given as a part of the high school health curriculum.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Sets forth the instructions for Cardiopulmonary
resuscitation instruction (CPR).

Section 2: Sets for the instructions for external defibrillators.

Section 3: This act shall take effect immediately.

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 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 19 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 learning CPR easy
and affordable.

Due to the increased percentages of people diagnosed with heart
disease each year, learning CPR can provide students with the
knowledge necessary to save lives. This bill will ensure 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect June 30, 2015. Effective immediately, the
commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any rule or
regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its
effective date.

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

                                  6407

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

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  OR  PHYSICAL
EDUCATION  curriculum  in  all  senior  high  schools.    INSTRUCTION IN
CARDIOPULMONARY  RESUSCITATION  MAY  BE  LIMITED  TO  PSYCHOMOTOR  SKILL
INSTRUCTION AND MAY INCLUDE THE COMPLETION OF A CERTIFIED COURSE, HOWEV-
ER STUDENT CERTIFICATION SHALL NOT BE MANDATORY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS
OF  THIS  SECTION.  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].    FOR  THE
PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,  "PSYCHOMOTOR  SKILL" SHALL MEAN THE USE OF
HANDS ONLY PRACTICING TO SUPPORT COGNITIVE LEARNING.
  2. The commissioner [may] SHALL prescribe regulations  governing  such
health  education  AND  PHYSICAL  EDUCATION  courses which shall include
instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Such regulations shall  in
no  event  prescribe  a course of study in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
which sets forth standards 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] ACCEPTED STANDARDS IN THE
UNITED STATES.
  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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02883-12-4

S. 6407                             2

  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:
  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 OR PHYSICAL 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 teach-
ers of health education shall be  certified  to  teach  health,  persons
instructing  pupils in the correct use of automated external defibrilla-
tors shall possess valid certification by a nationally recognized organ-
ization or the state emergency medical services council offering certif-
ication in the operation of an automated external defibrillator [and  in
its instruction].
  S  3. This act shall take effect June 30, 2015. Effective immediately,
the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate  any  rule  or
regulation  necessary  for  the timely implementation of this act on its
effective date.

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