Students to Learn Vital CPR Skills
Cornwallis Academy is keeping its finger on the pulse by introducing new health and safety training for over 2,000 people, including students and staff.
Sixth Formers at the school in Hubbards Lane, Linton, are set to become the first of many young people to learn essential CPR Skills, as part of a new scheme being rolled out in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The training will explain the three simple skills that could help save a life: CALL 999. PUSH Hard and fast in the centre of the chest 30 times and give RESCUE breaths. It will also include instructions on how and when to perform CPR, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use a public access defibrillator.
After undergoing the step-by-step training, the Post-16 students will then demonstrate the procedure to their peers in younger years, before heading out into the wider community, including local primary schools.
To help staff introduce the new initiative, the charity recently awarded the academy with a grant for one of its Call Push Rescue kits, which includes reusable inflatable manikins, kneeling mates, red inflation bags, training DVDs, inflation pumps.
Deputy headteacher, Will Pemberton, who is leading the scheme, said: “This grant is fantastic chance for our students to learn essential CPR procedures, which could ultimately save someone’s life. By empowering young people with the confidence and knowledge to step in and carry out CPR in an emergency, we can help improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in Maidstone.”
Judy O’Sullivan, Director of Services at the BHF, said: “When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every second counts and performing immediate CPR can in some cases double the person’s chance of survival. Knowing how to react when you’re faced with a cardiac arrest can mean the difference between life and death.
“We’re delighted that Cornwallis Academy has joined our Nation of Lifesavers campaign by training its pupils in CPR to ensure that many more potential lifesavers are walking the streets of Maidstone.
“When someone suffers a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around the body. They lose conscious almost at once and there are no signs of life. If you see this happen, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately.
“For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. So it’s really important students and staff at Cornwallis Academy know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.”
For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers.