CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- When someone goes into cardiac arrest, seconds matter. Having someone around that is trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can truly mean life or death.
Now, Illinois middle school students will be learning the information that can help save someone's life.
In late June, Governor Pat Quinn signed an amendment to the school code which changed the safety education requirements.
The law now states that students enrolled in grades six through eight will have to watch a training video covering CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.
The students at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine created the six-minute educational video, which is targeted specifically to middle school students.
The video walks through each step of CPR and how to use an AED.
Entertaining and educational, the video will teach students how to "lend a hand and save a life."