On Monday 16th October we were delighted to participate in Restart a Heart Day. This is a Europe-wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council which was launched in 2013 to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Following a radio interview to explain the importance of this initiative in schools to the listeners of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, all of our Lower Sixth students took part in a series of 50 minute training sessions. We welcomed Ian Carroll from LIVES into school for the day as he led the training, teaching all students about the importance of DR ABC as well as infant CPR and how to use a defibrillator when required.
Charlie Rogers from Lower Sixth had this to say about the event. “Although the initial idea of this CPR training appeared daunting at first, the intuitive and respectable L.I.V.E.S doctors discussed the topic in a way which allowed me to interact and respond to the scenarios they presented us with. This experience also allowed me to physically try CPR which helped to ameliorate my confidence and reduced the anxiety I would feel in the situation where I may have to administer CPR. In the session I was allowed to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a life-size mannequin independently which made the situation feel more real and gave me something valuable to take away. The L.I.V.E.S doctors also delivered personal experiences which helped me to realise the life skill I was learning in that I may make a difference to someone’s life. Overall, the experience was practical, well delivered and definitely allowed me to take precious skills away with me”.