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Farmington students learn life-saving skill

FARMINGTON, Il. - CPR training is not just for doctors and nurses anymore. With the help of OSF’s Children’s Hospital of Illinois and AMT, more than 400 students at Farmington High School learned the necessary guidelines to help save a life.

“Anybody can learn basic hands only bystander CPR,” said Stephanie Miles with OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. She adds,“It takes five minutes to teach someone.”

300,000 people in the United States die each year from cardiac arrest.

“If you see someone in potential cardiac arrest, call 911 and start chest compression,” said Miles.

The American Heart Association say CPR training is the quickest and most effective way to stop cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death in the United States. With the help of the popular hit song‘Staying alive’ by the Bee Gees, students practiced reaching the target chest compression rate at 100 beats per minute.

Miles explained, “By doing those things you can double even triple the chance of saving someones life.”

OSF is challenging the students to teach at least 5 friends or family members the skills they learned on Wednesday. To learn more about CPR or to find out where CPR classes are available, click here.

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