Students in Year 8 have learned important life-saving techniques and connected with national Restart a Heart Day.    The training was delivered by experts from Yorkshire Ambulance Service on Friday, 15th October.

Each tutor group received training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using chest mannequins.  They were also introduced to the defibrillator and saw how easy it is to use.

Students learned that when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival double if they receive CPR immediately.  They also learned the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack, and how vital it is to call 999 for medical help.  There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions too, and those who were concerned about breaking ribs were assured that while it does happen, ribs heal well.  The most important thing is to restart the heart.

“It’s really beneficial for students to learn crucial life-saving skills at an early age,” said Miss Wright, the event organiser.  “The children processed the information very quickly and were soon putting these key life-saving skills into practice.”