Harrow Way Community School Year 9 and 10 students joined thousands of young people nationally taking part in a world record attempt learning how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. With the support of the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council and South Central Ambulance Service, Harrow Way trained 297 students as part of the national aim to train more than 100,000 young people how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the day.
Ian James, Community Responder Liaison and Training Officer for South Central Ambulance Service led the world record attempt training together with staff from Harrow Way. Commenting on the importance of the initiative he said: “We plan to train 100,000 children across the UK in how to do CPR all in one day. All the ambulance services and voluntary aid services are involved because a sudden cardiac arrest is still the UK’s single biggest killer. The gold standard treatment is prompt CPR and if possible using a defibrillator. The training giving to these students today should stay with them for life and will be transferable from school to home, to work to social environments. Cardiac arrests can happen at any time, anywhere to any one so the more life savers there are, the better chance a patient has of survival”.
Earlier this year Harrow Way set themselves the ambitious target of training every student and member of staff at the school in basic CPR life support within a year. With training already undertaken and the 297 students trained as part of the world record attempt the school has trained over 60 % of their student population.
More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK each year and less than one in ten (8.6%) of these people survive. If the UK can achieve the same survival rates (25%) as found in parts of Norway where CPR is taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week – the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.
Over the next five years, The British Heart Foundation are hoping to create a Nation of Lifesavers – a revolution in CPR training and defibrillator awareness that will help more people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. The goal is to ensure more lives are saved each year because bystanders are trained and ready to take action.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.