If the heart of someone you know stopped beating, would you know what to do?
That is the question we asked all of our students on Tuesday 18th October.
Did you know that, in the UK, around 30,000 cardiac arrests (that’s when the heart stops beating properly) occur outside of hospital? Without help, the person will die within minutes but effective and immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help double the chance of survival in some cases. In the UK, less than one in ten people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Yet, in Norway, where CPR training is taught to all pupils at school, survival rates are one in four. If the UK achieved the same survival rate as Norway, we could save the lives of up to an additional 5,000 people every year.
Many organisations and charities, such as the British Heart Foundation, the NHS Ambulance Services and St John Ambulance, are working together to make sure that no one dies simply due to a lack of knowledge, skills or confidence. Our students here at Cottingham are becoming part of a Nation or Lifesavers, and Restart a Heart day enabled both pupils and staff to learn or practise CPR, understand how it works, and why it is so important. CPR stands for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, but to help us remember what to do when someone stops breathing we think about:
C – Call 999 immediately
P – Push hard and fast on the centre of the chest 30 times
R – Give 2 rescue breaths
It really is that simple – anyone can do it. Anyone can be a lifesaver.