dc-councilOn June 2, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, along with 7 other members of the DC Council introduced the “CPR and AED Requirements Act of 2015” (B21-243): http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B21-0243?FromSearchResults=true

The bill would require all schools in Washington, DC to have at least one automated external defibrillator (AED), and require certain school personnel to be trained in AED use and CPR. 23 states, including Maryland and Virginia, require all students to be trained in CPR prior to high school graduation. While this bill does not currently include such language, the American Heart Association and others will strongly encourage the Council to add such a lifesaving provision. AHA has advocated for CPR in Schools legislation around the country for years, and welcomes AAP’s partnership as this legislation moves forward. AHA encourages DC-area physicians, nurses, and other providers to step up and tell the Council how important CPR and AED training is – and just how easy it is to learn how to save a life!

For more information about this legislation, or to join the effort to support this lifesaving measure, please contact Stuart Berlow at the American Heart Association: stuart.berlow@heart.org or 703-248-1722.  To sign-up for legislative alerts on CPR and other heart health issues, please visit: www.yourethecure.org