RICHLAND, Wash. - High school seniors in Washington will soon graduate with more than just math and science skills under their belt. They'll now know some life saving skills.
More than 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, according to the American Heart Association. It is estimated less than 10% of them survive. That is why the state legislature thought training people in CPR as early as high school is important.
Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday afternoon making CPR education part of health class curriculum.
"I think it is a big plus for America, period. If Washington state does it, that means other states will follow. It needs to be known. Odds are, you're going to do it at least once in your lifetime," said Hall's Quality Safety Training owner, Syd Hall.
Supporters said the training will put thousands of lifesavers in Washington communities. Immediately getting the procedure started can double or even triple a person's chance of survival.