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York College was one of 33 schools/colleges in North Yorkshire that actively participated in Restart a Heart Day on 16th October 2018. Supported by members of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), students and staff were introduced to the life-saving skill of CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation).

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Sponsored by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, the Day was organised in partnership with the British Heart Foundation who supplied free Call Push Rescue training kits (including manikins and a tutorial DVD) to participating schools /colleges as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign), the Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance and other partners.

The life-saving initiative, pioneered in Yorkshire, has this year been adopted by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation to encourage mass CPR training on a global scale under a World Restart a Heart Day banner. Participating countries include America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and as well as many European countries.

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Currently in the UK, less than one (8.6%) in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. If we achieved the same survival rates of countries like Norway (25%), where CPR is taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week - the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.

Travel and Tourism student Aaron Ridsdel said: "I really enjoyed the session and picked up some new skills. I have had some experience in the past with CPR so it was good to recap some things I had forgotten."

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Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who helped to organise the event, said: “CPR is a simple, easy intervention that can save the lives of patients in cardiac arrest. In 2017-18, 43% of cardiac arrest incidents in Yorkshire were witnessed by a non-clinician who could potentially have started CPR. Community CPR events like Restart a Heart Day are essential so we can provide as many people as possible with this life-saving skill.”


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