HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that would require high school students to learn CPR prior to graduation.

Act 7, formerly Senate Bill 115, requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create curriculum teaching CPR.

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“I’m proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure,” Gov. Wolf Said. “Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed. Teaching our young Pennsylvanians to save a life not only promotes the health of all of Pennsylvania, it builds a sense of community neighborliness.”

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The law requires the Department of Education to provide a curriculum to schools that would teach “hands-only” CPR, a no-breath, compression-only method that the American Heart Association recommends for sudden cardiac arrest.

The law also states that the lessons must include the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

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“This new law will help provide generations of Pennsylvanians with an important life-saving skill,” said Sen. Tom Killion, the sponsor of the bill. “Knowing how to properly use the hands-only CPR technique and AED equipment is critical when an individual suffers a cardiac arrest. I deeply appreciate Gov. Wolf signing this legislation. It will save many lives.”