PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- State lawmakers have approved a bill giving students more requirements to meet before graduating from high school.
Rep. Joe McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced the measure in the House. It requires high school seniors be trained in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) before they get their diplomas.
"When someone has a heart attack or stops breathing, they're dealing with a window of minutes, if not seconds, before they suffer irreversible damage or death," said Representative McNamara. "Making sure our students can perform CPR and use a defibrillator will not only improve first aid response at our schools, but will teach our students potentially life-saving techniques that they can keep with them for their entire lives."
The legislation now heads to the State Senate.
36 states currently require CPR training for graduation. A similar bill is currently under consideration in Massachusetts.
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