Doctors hopeful high schoolers will be required to learn CPR

Bill requiring high school students to learn CPR passes Senate
Dr. Bill Dillon (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Bill Dillon (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Lorrel Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Lorrel Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Megan Schilling (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Megan Schilling (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky State Senate passed a bill that would require Kentucky high schoolers to learn CPR as part of their curriculum. With the bill now headed to the house, Louisville doctors are hopeful it will become law.
 
Monday night KentuckyOne Health and the Start the Heart Foundation taught CPR at the KFC Yum! Center to spectators at the women's basketball game. Dr. Bill Dillon, the President of the Start the Heart Foundation, has been working on a committee to help pass this law.

Dr. Dillion and his Start the Heart organization have already been teaching Jefferson County Public School students, but he said it is time all of Kentucky gets on board.

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"If you receive bystander CPR and you're having a cardiac arrest, it doubles or triples your chances of survival," Dr. Dillon said.
 
The goal for these doctors, is to create a whole generation who knows how to hands-only CPR. They said bystanders don't know what to do when someone goes in to cardiac arrest.

"High schoolers are a great captive audience, they are able to learn this CPR in a very short amount of time," University of Louisville Cardiologist Dr. Lorrel Brown said. "That five minutes of your life could be the difference of life or death for someone else."
 
The bill requiring high schoolers to learn the lifesaving technique passed in the Senate and heads to the House.
 
"So that's really big news the last two years it has not gotten out of the Senate," Dr. Dillon said.
 
Volunteer Megan Schilling may have taught 2,000 people hands only CPR, but each time it's personal.

"My father died from cardiac arrest just last year and my 17-year-old sister was the one that found him," she said.

Schilling is also advising high schoolers be required to learn the life-saving skill.

"My sister, you know, she didn't know CPR, so the operator had to tell her and she was already freaked out. So by giving high schoolers that skill, so they don't freak out as much to figure out what the operator is saying to them could save seconds of lives," she said.

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