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Lawmakers want children, school staff to be better prepared for emergencies

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South Carolina lawmakers say its time for children and school staff to become better prepared in how they handle medical emergencies in a school setting.

Just one way to save lives is through CPR. One proposed bill would require all students between 9 and 12th grades to be instructed in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillators. That widespread training could help combat some sad statistics.

According to the American Heart Association, less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

Another Senate bill would allow epinephrine or epi-pens into schools for use in the case of severe allergic reactions.

"Epi-pens saves lives. I had a child once who had an allergic reaction, I had an uncle that perished because of a bee sting," said Sen. Gerald Malloy. "Anaphylactic shock is something no one wants to see if you're allergic to it. We're getting the chance to save some lives."

According to the Food Allergy Research and Education Organization, two children in every school classmate has a life-threatening food allergy.

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