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UV Seniors Learn CPR

It’s not just a requirement to graduate. It could help save a life.

Unadilla Valley Central School students are getting training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation this spring and for the first time in New York State, that training will be a requirement for graduation.

A law passed by the state legislature in 2014 required the State Education Department to develop a requirement that all high school graduates receive CPR training. The state finalized the regulations last fall and the Class of 2016 will be the first to meet that mandate, which also includes familiarization with automated external defibrillators.

The Red Cross recommends that children be at least age 12 before learning CPR and students in ninth through 12 grade are at great ages to learn the potentially lifesaving skill, according to medical professionals.

Many students are in charge of siblings and some students may want to work as lifeguards.

The students are learning hands-only CPR, which only involves chest compressions and not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival during cardiac arrest and studies show that people receiving hands-only CPR are as likely to survive as those receiving conventional CPR with rescue breaths, according to the American Heart Association.

New York's measure makes it the 19th state to require students learn CPR before graduation.





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