Thousands of school children learn how to save a life

Date: 17 October 2018

Restart Heart Nth Walsham 2018

More than 7,300 children in the east of England have learnt how to perform a crucial life-saving skill as part of Restart a Heart Day.

Staff and volunteers from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) visited secondary schools across the region to teach the students this crucial lifesaving skill.

The training involved showing students how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if someone was in cardiac arrest and how to use a defibrillator.

Andrew Barlow, Community Response Manager for the ambulance service, said: “Every year we hope to build on the previous event and this year we’ve surpassed our expectations.  The whole day was such a great success and there are now thousands more people out there willing to give CPR to someone in cardiac arrest - which is an amazing feat.

“Thank you to all the schools who signed up and made our trainers so welcome and to the children for their enthusiasm. Hopefully we may have inspired a few future paramedics in the bunch too.

“Special thanks goes to our staff, community first responders (CFRs) and other volunteers from private first aid companies who took the time to share their skills and teach the students and teachers. Restart A Heart Day is simply not possible without your commitment and support - thank you.”

In the UK, around 30,000 people a year suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. The chances of surviving drop 10 per cent a minute if CPR is not started – with survival rates in this country currently less than one in 10. Learning how to perform CPR for those minutes until an ambulance crew arrives could literally make the difference between life and death for thousands of people each year.

Restart a Heart Day involves every ambulance service in the UK, the Resuscitation Council, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

Make sure you follow @EastEnglandAmb on Twitter or Facebook (EastEnglandAmbulance) to find out about Restart A Heart Day in 2019 and for when the registration for schools opens for next year.

Photos and posts from the day can also be found on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

If you’re interested in becoming a community first responder with EEAST or learning CPR skills via one of our commercial courses, see our links below.

Become a CFR - https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders

Commercial courses - https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/about-us/commercial/FirstAidTraining

  • Summary:

    More than 7,300 children in the east of England have learnt how to perform a crucial life-saving skill as part of Restart a Heart Day.