QE team trains next generation of life savers

Posted on Wed, 17/10/2018

Sue Lewis from the resus team

Over 140 young people in Gateshead received a lesson in life-saving when hospital staff visited their schools on World Restart a Heart Day.

The Resuscitation Team from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust visited Kingsmeadow Community School and The Cedars Academy to deliver sessions in vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

The Restart a Heart campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Resuscitation Council, is a designated yearly day of action with the aim to teach 200,000 young people across the UK how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

It is supported also supported British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and all of UK ambulance services.

The BHF has highlighted that if a person suffers a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in the UK, they have less than a one in 10 chance of surviving.

For every minute after the patient’s heart has stopped, their chance of survival also drops by 10 per cent.

Survival rates vary widely across Europe with some countries having survival as low as 6%, whereas countries with an excellent record in bystander CPR such as the Netherlands and Norway seeing survival rates as high as 40%.

Karen Wan, Resuscitation & Training Officer, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, who helped to train over 120 students at Kingsmeadow Community School, said: "All the children were very receptive and embraced the exercise vigorously. People are often surprised how hard you have to push on the chest and the feedback that we had was that it was a very worthwhile experience and left them feeling more confident about performing CPR."

Tomorrow (Thursday October 18) the Gateshead Resus Team will be offering free CPR training inside the main atrium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Throughout the day there will be:

  • Rolling video presentations on aspects of resuscitation such as managing choking, recovery position, accessing help in the community as well as basic life support.

  • Opportunity to practice basic life support, with real time electronic feedback

  • Virtual reality CPR using VR headsets

  • Opportunity to practice managing choking on baby and child manikins

  • Meet the team, ask questions

  • Information stands and a variety of freebies

The event is open to all members of staff and members of the public.

Susan Lewis, Senior Resuscitation Officer, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our team is pleased to be supporting this year’s Restart a Heart campaign. The survival rate for people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is far too low and countries like Sweden show that, with more training, this could be much, much higher.

"It is great that more and more schools are getting involved and we have had a fantastic response from the pupils involved today. We also hope to get many more people trained in CPR on Thursday, when we will be running sessions throughout the day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital."

The event runs between 9am and 4pm, come and meet us, have a go and learn a life-saving skill, all in five minutes.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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