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SD Lawmakers Want CPR Training In High Schools

The South Dakota House of Representatives wants high school students to acquire hands on training in CPR. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 passed the House on Monday afternoon. Republican State Representative Scott Munsterman says CPR skills save lives.

"The average response time for a 911 call is 10 minutes in South Dakota. 88 percent of those cardiac arrests actually occur at home and it’s known that CPR can double and even triple a victims chances of survival. And it’s a fact that this hands on CPR only takes about 20 minutes to learn," Munsterman says.

Munsterman says SCR 7 in no way requires schools to implement CPR training, it’s just encouraged. This resolution passed the South Dakota House of Representatives unanimously.