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European Restart a Heart Day: Loved Ones Save Lives

'Your hands can save a loved one's life' is the slogan for this year's European Restart a Heart Day. The initiative, spearheaded by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), aims to raise cardiac arrest awareness.

Around 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrests in the UK every year and the majority of them do so at home with over 50 per cent witnessed by loved ones (including children). Bystander CPR is low - only 1 in 3 have any CPR before an ambulance arrives and on average less than 12 per cent survive. CPR before the ambulance arrives doubles chances of survival therefore it is vital that bystanders know what to do in an emergency.

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The Trust's Injury Minimization Programme for Schools (I.M.P.S.) and   Opportunities  for Resuscitation & Citizen Safety (ORCS) projects, part of the Emergency Department, work with children and young people in schools to teach them hands-only CPR.

In support of today's Restart a Heart Day, all schools and colleges that participate in I.M.P.S & ORCS  are being provided with information and resources to teach hands-only CPR to as many people as possible in the run-up to half-term.

Sally Morton, programme manager of I.M.P.S. and ORCS, said: 'Our work in schools shows that children as young as 9 or 10 can easily learn about when to do CPR and can demonstrate the actions and skills required on a resuscitation manikin.'

She added that, like many other first aid organisations, the team followed the DRS ABC acronym, usually taught in First Aid courses to determine the alertness and level of consciousness of a patient.

We work with 10- to 19-year-olds in an interactive and practical way to increase their knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills', Morton explained, 'so that one day they may be able to save a life.'

If all of the 700 children and young people that we've been teaching CPR over seven weeks from the beginning to September to the start of half-term share these vital life-saving skills and knowledge with ten family members or friends, a further 7,000 Manchester citizens may be able to use their hands to save a loved one's life.

The DRS ABC acronym stands for:

D = Danger

R = Response

S = Shout

A = Airway

B = Breathing

Yes - put into recovery position and dial 999

No - Dial 999.  Then move onto C

C = CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation).

 

More information on the campaign can be found here.

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