Children learn from the experts on restart a heart day
A group of children from an Ilkley preschool had some special guests on Restart a Heart Day to teach them vital skills for dealing with an emergency.
The Restart a Heart initiative aims to teach children and young people basic life support with CPR lessons around the country to get thousands of school children to learn the skill.
Two Emergency Department doctors from Airedale Hospital visited a group of 3 and 4 year olds from Spicey Gill Pre-school in Ilkley to start training an even younger generation.
Consultant Alex Danecki and Specialty Doctor Annie Summers began by talking about what keeps your heart healthy with advice on food, activities and how to have a healthy lifestyle. The children then dressed up in doctors and paramedic outfits and were taught how to check if someone is breathing and if the person is unresponsive, then how to put them in the recovery position, how to call for help and how to call 999 and what to say if they do. The doctors also demonstrated some basic life support skills with chest compressions and the children then put each other and adults in the recovery position.
Dr Alex Danecki, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“The children loved it and I was amazed how attentive they were. Our hope is that this learning can be reinforced though primary school and secondary school as they go on to do proper life support training.”
“We know that in this country the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is fewer than 1 in 10 whereas for countries in Scandanavia it is about 1 in 4. We think it’s to do with the confidence and understanding of basic life support in communities, and the big difference in those populations as opposed to ours, is that they are all trained in CPR at school.”
“We want the children to feel empowered to start doing something rather than nothing if they are faced with an emergency. Lots of young children spend time with their grandparents so it’s not impossible that they could be in a situation where a carer who is with them has a collapse or cardiac arrest and they need to be able to call for help.”