Learning CPR Should Be Mandatory For Everyone

It’s a skill you hopefully never need, but everyone should have

Kevin Buddaeus
3 min readNov 17, 2020
Image by Franck Barske from Pixabay

In the US alone, about 475,000 people die each year of cardiac arrest. Of those 475,000, around 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals. Because people don’t receive immediate help, around 90% of them die at the scene.

By administering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), this chance of survival can rise to 45%.

Back when I worked towards getting my truck driver’s license in Germany in 2008, I was required to get certified in extended first aid before they would even let me behind the wheel. Car drivers were not trained as much but still needed to pass a basic CPR course before they even could start taking practical driving lessons.

By now, the courses in Germany have been revised and consist of a full 9-hour first aid course with practical training as a prerequisite for all driver’s license classes. It’s the same training you need before starting a full EMT-training.

The US is ahead of the curve

In the US, no such training is mandatory to get your driver’s license. But since 2017, they have a system that I’m even more impressed with and I personally think should be adopted worldwide.



Kevin Buddaeus

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