senate Bill S846

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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S846 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง804-c & 804-d, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S2491A

S846 - Bill Texts

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Requires schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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BILL NUMBER:S846

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:
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 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 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.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: Passed the Senate/Died in Education
2009-10: Education
2007-08: S.178B - Passed Senate
2005-06: A.988A - Education
2005-06: S.972A - Education
2003-04: S.56A - Education
2001-02: S.473A- Passed Senate

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   846

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 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.
                                                           LBD02883-01-3

S. 846                              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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