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Schoolchildren Invited to Learn Life-saving Skills

12 September 2014

Pupils at Yorkshire’s secondary schools are being given the chance to learn life-saving skills to mark European Restart a Heart Day on Thursday 16 October 2014.

Last year, the Resuscitation Council (UK) sent every secondary school in the UK a DVD of LIFESAVER, a live-action movie which you play like a game and shows how to save someone’s life.

To support this educational resource, dozens of life-saving staff at Yorkshire Ambulance Service have volunteered to visit schools and provide hands-on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to pupils to boost the learning.

More than 10 schools in Yorkshire have already signed up with over 5,000 children expected to learn vital life-saving skills in the mass-participation event - and more secondary schools are being invited to take part.

Organiser Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Over 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

“By linking in with the Resuscitation Council’s European Restart a Heart Day, which aims to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest, we will provide thousands of schoolchildren with the skills needed to save a life.

“I would like to thank the dozens of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff who have offered to give up their time to pass on their vital skills to young members of our community.”

This training opportunity for schoolchildren is possible thanks to a donation to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund from a grateful patient in Yorkshire who survived a cardiac arrest, which enabled the purchase of relevant equipment.

Secondary schools interested in taking part in the mass training event on Thursday 16 October 2014 should contact Jason Carlyon, phone 07825 864118 or email jason.carlyon@yas.nhs.uk before Wednesday 17 September 2014.

ENDS

Notes to Editor: 
1. The Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,180 emergency and urgent calls per day and employs over 4,600 staff. Our Patient Transport Service makes just under one million journeys per year transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments.

2. For more information about European Restart a Heart Day, go to http://www.restartaheart.eu/

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