Today is ‘Restart a Heart’ day!

Restart a Heart Day was developed in 2013 by the European Resuscitation Council to encourage others to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

The following year, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust offered all secondary schools in Yorkshire the opportunity to receive free CPR training for pupils on Restart a Heart Day (on or around 16 October). Usually we have volunteers from the Ambulance service and other emergency services come into school to teach our Y9 pupils how to deliver CPR.

Over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK every year. The earlier a patient can receive CPR and a shock from a defibrillator, the greater their chance of survival.

Currently in the UK, less than one in 10 (8.6%) survive a cardiac arrest. If we achieved the same survival rates as countries like Norway (25%) – where CPR is taught more widely as well as in schools – an additional 100 lives could be saved every week – the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.

Today, during form time, pupils have learnt about cardiac arrests and have been shown how to perform hands only CPR.

Please see the following websites for more information.