Governor Brown Signs Mandatory CPR Education Bill into Law

September 26, 2016 16:00 pm · 18 comments

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday AB 1719, a law that requires hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction, along with Automated External Defibrillator awareness in high school health classes, an American Heart Association spokeswoman said.

California is the 35th state to provide CPR training in schools, along with Washington, D.C., spokeswoman Robin Swanson said. State Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) authored the bill.

“As an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years, I know that CPR is one of the most important life skills a person can have,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

“By teaching CPR in high school, we are sending students into the world with essential, life-saving skills,” Rodgriguez said.

High schools will begin to teach CPR in health classes in the 2018-2019 school year, Swanson said, in a lesson that takes 30 minutes.

“I am so glad I learned CPR at a young age because it helped save my friend’s life,” 13-year-old American Heart Association volunteer Skylar Berry said in a statement.

“We should all be prepared to act in the case of an emergency and I’m happy other students will now get the chance to learn CPR,” Skylar said.

Skylar used her CPR training to save a friend from drowning in a swimming pool when she was 11, Swanson said. Many others have died because no one near them could administer CPR.

“If someone had been near my daughter at the time of her collapse had known how to conduct CPR, her life could have been saved,” AB 1719 advocate Debbie Wilson said in a statement.

“I want all students to have a chance to learn this life-saving skill so other families don’t suffer the same heartbreak that ours did,” Wilson said.

Every year, more than 350,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, and less than one-third receives CPR from a bystander, Swanson said. CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chance of survival.

“So many lives have been saved because of the heroic act of bystanders who performed CPR. On the other hand, there are just as many stories of people who did not make it because no one nearby took action,” cardiothoracic surgeon Kathy Magliato said in a statement.

“With CPR in schools, we have the opportunity to create a generation in which teens and young adults in California [are] trained in CPR as part of their health education and prepared to save lives. AB 1719 will add thousands of qualified lifesavers to our state,” Magliato said.

1 Please September 26, 2016 at 4:11 PM

That’s great…MDUSD does not teach or require their staff to be CPR certified. Maybe, the students can teach the rest of the staff…MDUSD leadership is a complete joke.

2 Claycordian September 26, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Is this a joke? We once taught Health Ed as part of the MDUSD Driver Education Program. Driver Ed/Health Ed is no longer taught in MDUSD. Way to go, Moonbeam!

BTW, MDUSD used to require CPR for teaching staff. They don’t anymore?

3 it's about time September 26, 2016 at 5:23 PM

This is going to save lives. While CPR is useful in so many situations, drowning is still the second leading cause-of-death in children under the age of 14 (car accidents take the top spot). This legislation is bringing a life saving technique to the age group that needs it the most. Hopefully recognizing the signs of alcohol poisoning, shock and other life threatening conditions will be apart of this training as well.

4 Atticus Thraxx September 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Long overdue. It could be argued that any parent with children would be very wise to get Red Cross certified in Infant/Adult CPR, AED and First Aid. Very wise indeed.

5 Cellophane September 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Any real Man would have learned CPR for himself.

This is just another law telling the sheeple to do something that men of character would already have done for themselves.

6 @1 September 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM

But it’s a dangerous apparatus for children to have access to.

7 TraumaRX September 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Great now everytime someone passes out you can count on someone who took a 30 minute class to be pounding on your chest wall breaking ribs and causing unnecessary damage. Please leave medical attention to trained professionals who can determine if someone really needs CPR.

8 TK September 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Medical beliefs exemption? BLM exemption? Low income exemption? Low intelligence exemption?

Wait for it……

9 DT September 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

While CPR training is beneficial, the government needs to keep their nose out of it.

10 anon September 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Do high schools have health classes?

11 TIFOKCIS September 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Driving back from SJ I was thinking ‘dang man we just don’t have enough people’ thankfully CPR in CA will keep us from running out of people.

12 Feckless democrats September 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM

What a feel good press release.

Yes it is a good thing BUT in their usual style democrats running this state are taking a victory lap in an election year and patting themselves on the back.

One slight problem democrats who wrote and voted for this law provided ZERO DOLLARS for it’s implementation.

From text of the bill “Instruction to pupils relative to the psychomotor skills necessary to perform compression-only CPR. For purposes of this paragraph, “psychomotor skills” means skills that pupils are required to perform as hands-on practice to support cognitive learning.”

Where are school districts supposed to get the dollars for the hands on equipment needed ??? What other program gets cut ???

13 Mika September 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM

What instructional minutes will be sacraficed in order to teach this?

14 anon September 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM

I think it should be mandatory for all Parents expecting a baby.

15 TK September 26, 2016 at 10:04 PM

What is next? Under water basket weaving?

16 Turn and burn September 27, 2016 at 8:22 AM

I think we need our children to learn about how to make it in the real world. Teach them about credit cards, balancing a check book, learning how to sew, cook, saving their money. Try to teach them how to be independent and not relay on their parents to support or bail them out of situations. Or end up living off the Governments handouts.

17 rofl September 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

I know CPR. But I have not and will not use it on anyone I don’t know. Between law suits and diseases just does not balance out for me. It is a thing that is easy to live with. LOL

18 Feckless Wonders September 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Why was this not done say a year ago or three years ago?
Because they want free publicity in an election year.
Introduced in an election year to make themselves look good for voters.

While this bill is a step in the right direction it is a prime example of how frivolous and LAZY democrats of the CA state legislature truly are.

democrats included no state money to help already struggling school districts implement this law. If they really did care wouldn’t they have provided state money?

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