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Helping hands to restart a heart: over 800 more Island children trained in CPR

Pupils learning CPR
Helping hands to restart a heart: over 800 more Island children trained in CPR
16 October 2021

Now in its 8th year, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service continues its momentum in support of Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Saturday 16 October.

Restart a Heart Day aims to train people in how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), so they feel confident to act in an emergency. The campaign is led by Resuscitation Council UK, in partnership with St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and all UK ambulance services.

Over the past few months the Trust’s Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) has delivered free CPR and defibrillator awareness training to over 800 year 6 school children across the Island, in a bid to make every child a life saver as part of the Restart a Heart Day initiative.

Despite the pandemic the ATCoRS team including volunteer Community First Responders, have also attended events such as Ventnor day, offering CPR training to the community.

In support of Restart a Heart Day 2021, ATCoRS also visited The Bay CE school providing CPR training for all year 9 students, and once again commending the quick action of teachers at the school who helped to save the life of a colleague in 2018.

Louise Walker, Ambulance Education, Training & Engagement Lead said:

“Learning CPR is certainly a skill for life.

“Whilst it is essential that in the event of a cardiac arrest you call 999 for an ambulance, knowing how to give CPR and use a defibrillator will give you the confidence to help and may also ensure a timely rescue. This can make a big difference to a person’s chance of survival from a cardiac arrest.

“We were absolutely thrilled to be able to teach these lifesaving skills to hundreds of school children and members of the community again this year, and look forward to continuing to help make an island of lifesavers.”

A recent survey, carried out by YouGov, found that over a third (38%) of UK adults have never undertaken any form of training to learn essential CPR skills.

Professor Andrew Lockey, Resuscitation Council UK said:

“Learning CPR has never been more important. When Christian Eriksen survived a sudden cardiac arrest at the Euros, he did so because those around him had the essential CPR skills that could save his life, and the confidence to act quickly when they realised what had happened to him. These are simple skills that everyone can do if they take the time to learn them.

“Learn or refresh your skills today by attending a training event or researching hands-free CPR.”

How to do Hands-only CPR

When somebody collapses in front of you, what do you do?

  1. Check the person over. If they are not responsive and not breathing normally, then their heart has stopped working and they are having a cardiac arrest.
    Now, call 999. Then you do Hands-only CPR.
  2. Do not put your face close to theirs. If you think there's risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.
  3. Put one hand on top of the other, interlinking your fingers. Your hand on the bottom should have the fingers open. Lock your fingers together, knuckles up. Then push down, in the middle of the chest right on the sternum. Push down five or six centimetres. That’s about two inches. Push hard and fast about two times a second, like to the beat of Stayin’ Alive. Don’t worry about hurting someone. A cracked rib can be mended - just concentrate on saving a life.
  4. Keep this up until the ambulance arrives.
  5. After the ambulance have taken over, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand gel.

So don’t forget. Check him over. Call 999. Push hard and fast to Stayin’ Alive. It works.

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