Should all secondary school students learn CPR? That's what an American Heart Assn. advisory argued Monday.
Included in the ideal curriculum: how to recognize an emergency, how to deliver chest compressions, how to use automated external defibrillators -- and plenty of (simulated) opportunity to practice the skills.
It’s unclear how many schools are listening, though. Although 36 states have laws “encouraging” such training, the advisory says, it appears CPR has yet to be embraced as part of the standard collective lesson plan.
It would be worth it, the authors say: Training all those students would add a million civilian emergency responders to the rosters every few years.