Stu­dents flock for chance to learn life-sav­ing CPR skills at uni demo

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY HOLLY LEN­NON

HUN­DREDS of Glas­gow stu­dents ded­i­cated their free time to learn­ing a life-sav­ing skill.

Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Uni­ver­sity held a Restart a Heart event to teach stu­dents and staff CPR, in part­ner­ship with Save a Life Scot­land.

Emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing Po­lice Scot­land, Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice demon­strated their skills to par­tic­i­pants.

Liz Simp­son, nurse lec­turer at GCU, said: “We reckon more than 300 peo­ple trained which is re­ally good.

“The best thing about to­day was we had a load of dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines teach­ing the pub­lic. We had rep­re­sen­ta­tions from Po­lice Scot­land, Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue, Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice along with char­i­ties and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“It’s al­ways been a col­lab­o­ra­tion but this is the first time Po­lice Scot­land were in­volved so it’s nice to have all the emer­gency ser­vices.

“Peo­ple were say­ing they wanted to take part be­cause they’ve got rel­a­tives who have suf­fered car­diac ar­rest and wanted to come and learn a bit more about.

“Ev­ery­one came for dif­fer­ent rea­sons but ul­ti­mately they wanted to learn CPR.”

She added: “It’s some­thing ev­ery­body should know, its a life skill. It’s some­thing we should be teach­ing ev­ery­one right the way through to adults.

“It’s a very sim­ple skill and it can ac­tu­ally save lives.

“It only takes 10 min­utes out of your day, it’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween some­one go­ing home to their fam­ily and never see­ing their fam­ily again.

“Our plan is to con­tinue to keep teach­ing the stu­dents. Save a Life Scot­land have now be­come one of the vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that our stu­dents can vol­un­teer with for their Com­mon Good Award.”

Since launch­ing the Save a Life Scot­land cam­paign, sur­vival rates from car­diac ar­rests in Scot­land have been cut from one in 20, to one in 12.

The Evening Times is cur­rently lead­ing a cam­paign urg­ing all of Scot­land’s 32 lo­cal author­i­ties to teach all sec­ondary pupils CPR with sup­port from Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil was the first lo­cal author­ity in the UK to back our life-sav­ing cam­paign and were fol­lowed by Aberdeen City, which is also look­ing into the num­ber of de­fib­ril­la­tors in schools.

The heart char­ity is now in talks with sev­eral other coun­cils in­clud­ing An­gus, East Dun­bar­ton­shire, East Ren­frew­shire, Falkirk, In­ver­clyde, Perth & Kin­ross, Ren­frew, South La­nark­shire, Bor­ders and South La­nark­shire.

The UK gov­ern­ment has un­veiled plans to make CPR train­ing part of the school cur­ricu­lum.

Ev­ery minute with­out CPR or de­fib­ril­la­tion re­duces a per­son’s chance of sur­viv­ing a car­diac ar­rest by around 10 per cent.

Pic­ture: Kirsty An­der­son

Lisa MacInnes di­rec­tor of Save a Life Scot­land, with Ciara O’Dowd, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy stu­dent and Aoife Byrne, who stud­ies ra­di­og­ra­phy

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