COLUMBUS -- High school students would be required to complete coursework in responding to medical emergencies, under legislation being introduced in the Ohio House.
HB 580, a bipartisan bill offered by Reps. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Tom Letson (D-Warren), would require training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, as a prerequisite for high school graduation.
Information on first aid, the use of automated external defibrillators and related issues would be covered as part of health classes or other coursework.
About 16 other states already have comparable requirements on their books, Grossman said.
At least one Ohio district already is offering the classes. Denny Powell, assistant chief of Miami Township Fire and Rescue in Yellow Springs in Greene County, helps teach the courses on a voluntary basis.
"We've been doing first aid/CPR training in our high school for our freshmen for about 12 years now," Powell said, adding later concerning students who have completed the program. "They have a much quicker response to recognizing emergencies. They're very aggressive in doing things like getting CPR initiated in a rapid manner, recognizing emergencies, (making) the 9-1-1 call and then also providing basic first aid care."
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