New bill will require CPR training for students

3 years 4 months 2 days ago Friday, June 17 2016 Jun 17, 2016 Friday, June 17, 2016 7:27:00 PM CDT June 17, 2016 in News
By: Lishan Guo, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill (SB 711) this week to require high school students in public and charter schools to receive 30 minutes of CPR training for lifesaving skills prior to graduation. Senator Dan Brown, R-Rolla sponsored the bill.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed by rescue breathing and chest compressions when someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. 

Natasha Wade has sons in middle and high school and said this is a wonderful decision and more kids should be able to do CPR based on her experience.

"My kids go to Hallsvillle schools, so we're in Boone County. We actually had a kid that was choking and one of the teachers did the Heimlick on him to help him to breath, but he was surrounded by kids that didn't know anything, didn't know what to do," Wade said.

Wade believes this type of life-saving training would empower kids to handle stress better under a situation like that. She also said students who have lifesaving skills like CPR are very rare in the community.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in America each year.

Jace Smith, Senior Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association in Missouri, said “Four of every five out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private or residential settings. CPR training in schools strengthens the cardiac chain of survival by equipping thousands of civilian bystanders to be ready to respond in an emergency. Many lives will be saved because of this legislation.”

The American Heart Association also says70 percent of cardiac arrests happen in homes, and CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Missouri is the 34th state to offer CPR instruction and training in schools. The law will take effect during the 2017-2018 school year, and over 60,000 Missouri students will immediately receive this training.

"I think it's awesome for the schools, too. It's like a driver's ed that kind of thing, it's that step to get into adulthood," Wade said. 

The law does not require students to achieve CPR certification, nor is this a “pass/fail” training. 

"If I was in charge, I just make sure that every child is able to participate, not a certain class, or have to pay for, or anything like that," Wade said.  

Garrett Wade, Wade's son who is a middle school student, said he would also prefer starting this kind of training at a young age.

"If someone in your family gets hurt or something and you learned it in class, you could have help them," Garrett Wade said.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to host four senior safety presentations in October. The presentations,... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:43:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 600 people and 11 sponsors gathered in Cosmo Park for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:53:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — David Cover, a co-pastor at The Crossing, addressed the controversy over last week's sermon by fellow co-paster... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -Columbia police arrested a man on multiple charges after the shooting of a 13-year-old boy Saturday night. Cameron... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:15:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One person was transported to the hospital in relation to a weapons offense Sunday morning, according to... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 11:27:00 AM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:34:54 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is reversing his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:19:49 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police were seen searching the area near the scene of a crash Saturday afternoon. Police responded to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:31:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members came together Saturday for a Walk and Roll-A-Thon in recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:11:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Demonstrators rallied at Speakers Circle on Saturday for the first ever National Period Day. Organizers said they... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:47:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members got the chance to challenge Columbia police officers in their favorite video games during the department's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:41:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related business owners to join efforts to limit... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:37:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
SALINE COUNTY — Three Saline County children abducted in 2017 were found in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, according to the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:15:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One Lincoln man is dead following a crash between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer Friday night on... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Water and Light department said it believes all power has been restored in Columbia. About... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 19 2019 Oct 19, 2019 Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:05:00 AM CDT October 19, 2019 in News
MARSHALL - The suspect in a pair of shootings in early October has been caught out of state, police announced... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 9:10:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - A man heard his sentence on Friday after killing a 20-year-old three years ago for drunk driving. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 6:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 6:06:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
11pm 59°
12am 58°
1am 58°
2am 58°