Every pupil to learn life-saving skills

9th October 2019

Life-saving techniques should be learnt by as many people as possible – you just never know when you might be faced with a situation that could require urgent first-aid.

St. Dominic’s purchased a defibrillator and have a number of staff trained in how to use it. That number is about to become bigger – much bigger, in fact, with every pupil in the school from Reception to Upper Sixth being given the knowledge of how to save a life by performing CPR to mark World Restart a Heart Day.

It is estimated there are 30,000 cardiac arrests across the UK every year which don’t occur in hospitals – with the survival rate of these victims only rated at a frightening one in 10.

World Restart a Heart Day takes place on Wednesday, October 16, and every pupil will be taught CPR by a team of voluntary First Aiders from BB Training.

Coriarna Morris, our Head of Sixth Form and Outside Education, said: “It’s extremely important that people know what to do if they are faced with someone suffering cardiac arrest – the figures are truly staggering.

“There are so many lives at risk each year and one has to wonder how many of those lives might have been saved if someone on the scene had benefited from the appropriate training.

“World Restart a Heart Day is a worldwide initiative raising awareness of cardiac arrests and encouraging people to take part in training programmes which would give them the knowledge and skills to respond quickly if faced with an emergency situation.

“On October 16, as part of World Restart a Heart Day with the British Heart Foundation, every student at St Dominic’s will be taught how to perform CPR.

“We have had this amazing opportunity provided to us by BB Training, who will be sending along seven First Aiders to teach 160 students how to restart a heart. This means pupils as young as four will be learning this vital life-saving technique and will learn how to use the defibrillator purchased by the school.

“The school believes it is extremely important for everyone to know how to respond correctly and staff have been delighted with the response from the students who are really looking forward to learning this vital skill.”