childrencprMore than 315,000 Indiana high school students will learn Hands-Only CPR during the next four years due to a new law requiring instruction in the life-saving skill.

The change requiring CPR training for high school graduation in Indiana began with this school year. This summer, the American Heart Association donated “CPR in Schools Training Kits” which typically cost $599, to six schools in the state to help them comply with the law. The kits each included 10 reusable manikins.

Indiana is one of 19 states that have passed legislation requiring students to be trained in CPR to graduate high school. More than 400,000Americans fall victim to a sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year and about 80 percent of these happen at home.  On average, only about 10 percent survive and less than one-third receive CPR from a bystander.  Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.