CPR training begins for students at local high schools

When more people are trained in CPR, more lives can be saved. Local 6 first told you last month about a new Kentucky law that requires students to get CPR trained to graduate. On Friday, the first training session was held at McCracken County High School.

The skills students are learning can be put to use at any moment. Just ask health and physical education teacher Jennifer Adams.

"Last year we had an incident when someone went down, didn’t have a heartbeat, wasn’t breathing," Adams said.

Teachers were able to save that person, but now the school is training students like Ashton Rudy to do the same.

"In the pretest we took yesterday, I said I wouldn’t really feel comfortable doing that," Rudy said.

Mercy Regional EMS Director Jeremy Jeffrey says too many people don’t feel comfortable giving CPR. He says the average time it takes to get an ambulance to you is almost 10 minutes.

"What they’re doing is essentially what paramedics and EMTs are going to do anyway, and if we could start that in 45 seconds to a minute, the chance of survival is exponentially higher," Jeffrey said.

The CPR training is hands only, not mouth to mouth, because doctors say it’s more effective. 

"Now all we need is to be able to teach you how to get to the chest and push hard and more fast, which makes people more comfortable and more willing to do it," Jeffrey said.

Under the new Kentucky law, all students will get this training during their health and PE classes. It’s not a certification, just basic training.
 
"Now, hearing there isn’t a bad CPR, I would do it," Rudy said.

With it, they get the confidence it takes to save a life.

The Baptist Health Foundation is funding the training at all McCracken County and Paducah area high schools. at McCracken County High School alone, 600 to 700 students will get the training.

If your interested in learning hands on CPR, check out the American Heart Association website.

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