New state law mandates CPR training in school

Ronald Rouse, a 330-pound defensive lineman for the Hartsville Red Foxes, collapsed and died during a 2012 football game. A new state law, named for Rouse, now requires high school students to be taught CPR in school.

A new state law will require South Carolina high school students to learn CPR skills.

Short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the technique has been shown to double and triple survival rates for patients suffering from cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.

The association applauded Gov. Nikki Haley for signing the bill into law on Thursday.

“This essential life skill will ... ultimately benefit countless families by increasing the number of people with CPR proficiency,” the AHA said in a press release. “Far too many people die suddenly from cardiac arrest who might have been saved if only those around them were trained to administer CPR.”

The bill passed the state House of Representatives and the state Senate unanimously. It has been named “Ronald Rouse’s Law.” Rouse, a high school football player from Hartsville, collapsed and died during a game in 2012.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 400,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. Only 10.4 percent survive.

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