South Dakota requires high school students learn CPR

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High school students in South Dakota will soon be required to learn how to perform CPR after the state’s governor, Dennis Daugaard, signed a bill into law making it mandatory statewide.

South Dakota in the 36th state in the country to enact a law like this as the nation prioritizes cardiovascular care to prevent deaths.

"I think it's a great thing, a great opportunity for our kids,” said Katy Urban with Rapid City Area Schools. “The potential with the more students who know how to do CPR by hand, if they use those defribrillators, the more potential we have to save lives."

The American Heart Association estimates that the new legislation in the state will add more than 10,000 people who are CPR-trained.

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