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An arresting day at the I.M.P.S ‘Restart a Heart’ programme

Thirty year six children from St Willibrords RC Primary School, Clayton visited the Trust as part of the I.M.P.S (Injury Minimization Programme for Schools) on European Restart a Heart Day.


Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death and illness in young people.  On average two million children attend Accident & Emergency Departments every year because of accidental injury and every week five children die.  I.M.P.S. aim to minimise the number of accidents that lead to death and disability by working and educating children on the risks, this comes in partnership with Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.


The programme empowers young people to take personal responsibility for managing their own risk and equips them with the skills to cope in an emergency.  The skills that they are taught include CPR and they are also introduced to an AED (automated external defibrillator) to help to address the issues that are being flagged up in the campaign.


Sally Morton from the I.M.P.S team said: "I.M.P.S. is important to the children because it is delivered at a time in their lives when they are becoming more independent and making decisions about what risks are worth taking on their journeys to and from school, when socialising with their peers etc.  It helps to prepare them for secondary school and their adolescent years when statistically they are at a greater risk of suffering a serious accidental injury."


The latest programme came in conjunction with European Restart a Heart Day, which aimed to teach more people how to do CPR on people that had cardiac arrests out of hospital, including their homes and in strenuous activities. Currently, less than 1 in 10 of these patients survives, but with the correct knowledge the increased survival rate is up by two - three times. More people learning how to restart a heart could save 100,000 lives per year across Europe, says the European Resuscitation Council.


Sally added: "Attending for their I.M.P.S. Hospital Visit on 16/10/13 (National Restart a Heart Day) reassured the children of St Willibrords RC Primary School that CPR is easy and that by using their hands to deliver these skills they have the potential to save lives.  Contrary to popular belief you can do nothing wrong by performing CPR, the only thing that can be wrong is doing nothing!"


"In addition to learning about injury minimisation and first aid the children also enjoyed their visit to, and tour of the Emergency Department at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital."