CPR tips for two schools

Vi­tal lessons learned

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Robert Mitchell

Pupils from two schools are ‘ready, teddy, go’to learn life­sav­ing skills thanks to a ded­i­cated group of NHS La­nark­shire nurses.

The team will visit Wood­head and Wood­side Pri­maries to teach the chil­dren car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR).

And to make the lessons more fun, they will be learn­ing the tech­nique on their favourite teddy bears and other soft toys.

Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal nurses are de­vot­ing their own time to teach the classes and are now in the run­ning for a na­tional award.

Staff nurse Caro­line Casey (36) said: “We had all talked for a while about the idea of spend­ing some of our free time teach­ing CPR to pri­mary school chil­dren.

“We found out about the or­gan­i­sa­tion Save a Life for Scot­land, which teaches peo­ple CPR. They helped us to set up and gave us train­ing videos suit­able for chil­dren.

“The kids love it when we go into the schools. We make it ex­cit­ing for them – it’s not at all scary. The P1-3 chil­dren prac­tise the com­pres­sions on their ted­dies or other soft toys.”

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