Schools across Sussex urged to help teach children how to save a life

The Argus is reporting that schools across Sussex are being encouraged to take part in an awareness day to train young people in CPR and first aid to give them the ability to save a life. 

This Resuscitation Council, British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and British Red Cross are working to help train as many young people as possible to save a life and make every child a lifesaver.

Restart a Heart Day aims to improve knowledge about CPR and give people the confidence to use it.

The campaign is being backed A&E consultant Rob Galloway, who is calling on schools to teach first aid as part of their curriculum.

He said: “CPR is a simple thing that anyone can do. If someone collapses and the show no signs of life then you need to do three things. Dial 999, push up and down hard on the centre of the chest at a rate of 100 per minute and if there is an automated external defibrillator, open it up and so as it says.”

“The things needed are incredibly simple and kids of all ages can do it.”

“I remember vividly a few years ago when I treated a gentlemen who survived a cardiac arrest purely because a school child saw him collapse and did CPR, because he had learnt it at cubs.”

More at: Schools across Sussex urged to help teach children how to save a life

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  1. Alan OSullivan

    First Aid should be a compulsory feature of The National Curriculum for both Primary and Secondary schools.

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