16th October 2019
York College students and staff learnt vital skills on Restart a Heart Day, to help boost cardiac survival rates.
The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) visited the College to give hands-on sessions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), they explained to the students that survival chances double if a bystander starts CPR before the emergency services arrive on the scene.
The Restart a Heart campaign is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service(YAS) which aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Students were left in no doubt about the significance of their learning. Benjamin Dawson, a Child Studies student, was surprised he could perform CPR on the models provided without too much effort. He said: “Watching the video and going through the process a few times was pretty straightforward. As a young Cubs leader, I am keen to demonstrate the CPR technique to the cubs. Being able to save a life is such a great skill to have and I am really pleased I’ve had the opportunity to learn it at College.”
Child Studies student Phoebe Robinson said: “I have not had this level of training before and now I think I could carry out CPR if the situation arose. Learning how to save someone’s life is so important and one day you might need to perform CPR for real.”
Over 160 Yorkshire schools and colleges took part in Restart a Heart Day 2019 - the largest CPR training event ever conducted. Steve Goulden, Clinical Supervisor for YAS, said: “It is essential to provide this training to youngsters on Restart a Heart Day, and to use the event as an opportunity to encourage others to learn CPR. Anyone can do it – it’s an easy skill to learn, and we can deliver the simple message in a 20 minute session. It is the most important step in the chain of survival. If CPR can be carried out in the critical few minutes before the arrival of an ambulance, it can mean the difference between life and death.”