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Children to learn CPR at school

The British Heart Foundation wants every child to learn CPR, so they leave school knowing how to save a life.

Should kids be taught CPR at school?

The British Heart Foundation wants every child to learn CPR, so they leave school knowing how to save a life.

CRP has been thrust into the spotlight after Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba was given CPR when he collapsed on the pitch from a cardiac arrest in March.

A cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. Each year, about 27,000 people in the UK die from a cardiac arrest outside hospital and the British Heart Foundation thinks this could be cut if more people knew CPR.

CPR (short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) isn't compulsory in schools at the moment and requires training in order to do it safely.

The Department for Education says it's down to head teachers to decide if they want to teach CPR in their schools. Students can receive training outside school through organisations such as the Scouts and St John Ambulance.

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