School pupils to learn how to save lives

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School pupils to learn how to save lives

Schools across Peterborough are being urged to turn pupils into lifesavers later this year.

Restart A Heart Day on the sixteenth of October will see volunteers from the East of England Ambulance Service offer resuscitation training.

Around 30,000 people go into cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year, and means they are unconscious and have stopped breathing.

If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately, the patient’s chances of survival double.

Simon Marshall, one of EEAST’s community partnership training officers, said: “We are really excited about taking part in the country’s biggest mass CPR training event, which will help to equip the next generation of lifesavers.

“The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home so by learning CPR, these youngsters could one day save the life of someone they love and will hopefully share what they have learnt with their families.”

The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest drop 10% a minute if CPR is not started, and survival rates are currently less than one in 10 people in this country.

To sign up to Restart a Heart Day, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/your-service/campaigns/restart-a-heart-school-sign-up.htm

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