Friday proved to be a busy day in the gym at Richwoods High School, even though basketball season is over.
Instead, life saving techniques were the lesson of the day.
Richwoods hosted a CPR training program with some 1100 students taking part.
The most recent guidelines from the American Heart Association recommend starting with 30 compressions to two rescue breaths for the victim.
If you’re not comfortable with that, do 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute.
“If you’re not confident in it then you’re less likely to do it if it was needed. You’re just going to elt somebody else do it,” said Emma Katolick, a sophomore at the school. “I would just tell them to take it seriously because a lot of people here, they don’t take very many things seriously. And I would really stress the importance of why you need to know it and how important it is to be confident in your skills of CPR.”
Reps from OSF, Unity Point Health, Peoria fire and AMT all teamed up to teach the students about CPR.