Crunch time for CPR bill

?By CJ

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's crunch time for a bill that could have high school seniors learning hands-only CPR before they graduate.

The bill would add lessons for students on giving chest compressions before getting their diploma. The lesson would be wrapped into the current health education requirements.

Doctors say that fewer than 40 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest outside a hospital are given CPR and lack of education is to blame.

The American Heart Association is hoping to have all high school students across the state equipped with the simple skill that could save a life.

"At that age they're very impressionable," said Dr. Ed Jauch, Director of Emergency Medicine at MUSC. "It's an important group to reach because you can start to build a sustaining model for this through out their life, and it really makes a big difference having this education."

There is only one week left in the legislative session to get the bill passed.

Currently five states, North Carolina being the most recent, require training.