Restart a Heart Day
Barton Peveril students welcomed South Central Ambulance Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to College as they learned how to perform CPR for global Restart a Heart Day. Over 50 students attended the sessions, which were delivered by the representatives from Hampshire’s Emergency Services who regularly help those suffering with Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attacks.
Students had practical experience with Resuscitation Manikins, learning and practicing how to deliver CPR so they can potentially save lives in the future. Restart a Heart Day is an initiative backed by the British Heart Foundation, to increase survival rates of those suffering Cardiac Arrests and Heart Attacks; using CPR whilst waiting for an ambulance can at least double a person’s chance of survival.
College Nurse Shelley Hughes, who organised these sessions in College, said:
“This is a great initiative for our students, it’s so important for raising awareness of how learning some simple first aid skills really can help save a life. Thanks to the donation of Resuscitation Manikins by the British Heart Foundation, we now have hands-on training equipment so our students can practically learn about giving effective CPR in real life scenarios.”
Dean Woodford, Assistant Community Engagement Training Officer for South Central Ambulance Service, spoke about the importance of sessions like these:
“These sessions are important, to increase awareness in dealing with people who have suffered a Cardiac Arrest. For every minute CPR is delayed a person loses a 10% chance of survival. Doing something is better than doing nothing.”
Phil Bradley, Community Safety Officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, also spoke highly of these sessions and bystander CPR:
“People shouldn’t be afraid to act, doing CPR early can make the difference between life and death.”