All our P1-7 pupils had a valuable lesson yesterday as they learned how to give bystander CPD as part of the ‘Save a Life Scotland’ initiative.
Every year, around 3,500 people receive treatment from the ambulance service after suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately, of this total, only around 1 in 20 will survive.
The campaign aims to train 500,000 people in CPR skills across Scotland by 2020, to increase the incidence of bystander CPR in cardiac arrest situations – as the campaign slogan states, “I’ll do it!”
Bystander CPR has been proven to increase the chances of survival by 2 or 3 times and so the more people who are able to provide this, the better.
A large proportion of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home – so there is a significant chance that children may be the first responder when a parent, grandparent or other family member suffers a cardiac arrest.
Because of this, it is crucial that children develop first response skills from a young age.
We were fortunate to have a range of professionals on hand to assist in demonstrating and teaching these important skills, including the fire service, ambulance service, NHS staff and armed forces medics.
Thanks to all the visiting professionals who ensured that our pupils had a fun and informative day – and thanks to our children for bringing their teddies along too (and lending them to those who either didn’t have one, or didn’t admit to having one!!)
A big thanks also to Claire and David Ceasar, two of our parents, for organising the event – we are very grateful to you for helping to bring it all together!