Gearing up for CPR world record attempt

Date: 19 September 2016

Time: 12:00

Norfolk Show - schoolchildren learning CPR

The lesson plans are in place and the students are all refreshed after the summer holidays.

However, it is not too late for schools to sign up to a world record attempt that will see thousands of children learning to save a life.

Staff and volunteers from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) are ready to visit schools on Tuesday 18th October to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Restart a Heart Day.

Every ambulance service in the UK is taking part and it is hoped that 100,000 people will learn the skill as part of what should be a record-breaking CPR training day.

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Community Collaboration Manager, said: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and if a bystander immediately performs CPR, this can double the patient’s chances of survival.

“The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home so by learning CPR, these youngsters could one day save the life of someone they love. There’s no better reason to learn than that.”

The event has been organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation, and St John Ambulance.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Lives are lost needlessly every day simply because people don’t know how to perform CPR. By teaching schoolchildren these skills, which will stay with them for life, we can help more people survive a cardiac arrest and go home to their families.

“We have already seen young people use this training in real life emergencies. Participating in this event will increase the number of potential life savers in the East of England.”
To find out more about getting involved in Restart a Heart Day, visit https://www.resus.org.uk/events/rsah2016/

To get involved and register your interest by emailing wendy-jean.risdale@eastamb.nhs.uk

  • Summary:

    It is not too late for schools to sign up to a world record attempt that will see thousands of children learning to save a life