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South Dakota requires students to learn CPR

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) doubles or triples the survival rate of a person who has underwent cardiac arrest, and South Dakota is taking notice.

Beginning next year, every high school in the state is going to be required to teach CPR to its students.

They also have to provide instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

This will be a requirement for all students before they graduate. The goal is to get as many people as possible educated on CPR, so frightening situations can end happily.

"At Thanksgiving my grandma had a seizure, and we actually had to use CPR," Groton student Taylor Gustafson said. "It was a big deal to me. I was very aware."

Gustafson said she was the one who had to step in and give her grandmother CPR. She was only 14 at the time.

The students will not become certified after the course. The goal is to just keep them informed.

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