CPR Kits Available to Local Schools

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/07 2014 06:48PM

Updated 05/07 2014 07:00PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The American Heart Association wants every high school student to know CPR before they graduate.

On Wednesday, students from Willard learned chest compressions using a kit that is now available to area high schools at no charge.

The kits are available for check-out at OTC.

Instructors say there are really just two things you need know in a cardiac arrest emergency: dial 9-11 and press hard on the chest.

80 percent of heart attacks happen outside a hospital setting.

"We know the survival rate is extremely low unless there is hands-on bystander CPR performed immediately,” says Jay Smith, with American Heart Association. “Literally, it will triple your chances of survival if someone on scene is trained and ready to give that life saving support."

The kits are made possible through a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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