Bingley Grammar School

Yr 12 Restart a Heart Day

Yesterday was Restart a Heart Day and all our Year 12 students were given the opportunity to learn vital CPR skills as part of the campaign.

We were lucky enough to welcome 11 volunteers, all experts in CPR who gave up their own time to train our students. They were Lyndsey - Staff Nurse on the Cardiac ICU unit at the LGI, Melissa - Emergency Care Assistant for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Lawrence - First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Rob - Student Paramedic, Peter - Police Officer, Liz - Senior Project Support Officer for NHS Digital, Graeme and Anne from the Rotary Club Bradford West and Dave, Jamie and Adam - Fire fighters from Bingley Green Watch.

In the UK only 1 in 10 survive a cardiac arrest. The students learnt what CPR was and the importance of keeping the blood pumping around the body whilst in cardiac arrest.

The 6 steps to restart a heart:

Step 1: Shake and shout

Step 2: Check if the person is breathing normally – for no more than 10 seconds.

Step 3: Call 999 emergency services

Step 4: Give 30 chest compressions

Step 5: Give two rescue breaths

Step 6: Repeat until an ambulance arrives.

6 groups attended the sessions throughout the day with 120 students gaining this valuable experience which may one day save someone's life.

During the afternoon we were visited by Mr Zulfi Karim, the Queen's Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire. Mr Karim spoke to our students about the importance of the session and thanked all the volunteers and students for taking part.

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