Restart a Heart Day proved a success for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service - with more than 800 Isle of Wight children now trained in CPR.
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 and Community Response Services (ATCoRS) has delivered free CPR and defibrillator awareness training to over 800 year six school children across the Island.
The ATCoRS team including volunteer Community First Responders attended events such as Ventnor day, offering CPR training to the community.
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
“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.”