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.
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
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
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 = CPR (cardio pulmonary
More information on the campaign
can be found here.