North West Ambulance Service volunteers have given 177 Year Nine students from Park High School a masterclass in CPR as part of ‘Restart a Heart Day’.
The initiative, supported by St John Ambulance and British Red Cross, saw pupils get hands-on experience and learn how and when to perform CPR as part of a national incentive aiming to teach students life-saving skills to combat cardiac arrest.
“We were taught the things to do before starting CPR,” explained student Lauren McLeister. “These are DRSABC: check for Danger; check for a Response from the casualty; Shout for help; open the casualty’s Airways; check if they are Breathing; Commence CPR if they are unconscious and not breathing.”
Restart a Heart Day took place on Tuesday, 18th October, and is a is an annual initiative created by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) aimed at increasing survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests, with over 30,000 cases recorded in the UK a year in homes and communities across the country - a disconcertingly lethal figure.
“As a result of the training we have been taught in school, I feel confident that I and others in our year group would now know what to do if we recognised somebody suffering from cardiac arrest,” continued Lauren.
‘Restart a Heart Day’ started in 2013, following a successful campaign by the ERC to pass a written declaration in the European Parliament, which called upon member states to improve awareness and provide CPR education to the public as well as healthcare professionals.
Andrew Ackroyd, the Year Nine Progress Leader, said: “First Aid is a prominent part of the Personal Development programme at Park and students have learned invaluable skills which could potentially save somebody’s life.”
In 2016, all NHS ambulance services in the UK pledged support for the initiative with the Resuscitation Council UK, with the aim being to create a nation of lifesavers by training over 100,000 people across the country in CPR skills on the same day.