Learn­ing how to save lives

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Marc McLean

NHS La­nark­shire staff will aim to teach 1000 peo­ple how to do CPR this Fri­day.

Events will be held in sites across La­nark­shire ahead of Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Tues­day.

Clin­i­cal skills spe­cial­ist Mon­ica Love told the Re­former: “Restart a Heart is a des­ig­nated yearly day of ac­tion started five years ago by the Euro­pean Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Coun­cil to teach vi­tal life-sav­ing skills to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“This year it’s gone global and NHS La­nark­shire staff are join­ing forces with the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice on Fri­day to train as many mem­bers of the pub­lic and school­child­ren as we can.”

Train­ing in CPR – car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion – will be held in the main en­trance to Hairmyres, Mon­k­lands and Wishaw Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals from 9am to 5pm.

Ev­ery week 70 peo­ple in Scot­land have a car­diac ar­rest and sur­vival rates from outof-hos­pi­tal car­diac ar­rest are poor. Less than 1 in 10 sur­vive in the UK.

In Nor­way, where CPR is more widely taught, the sur­vival rate is 4 in 10.

Mon­ica added: “By­stander CPR can dou­ble and even tre­ble sur­vival rates.

“By in­creas­ing the num­ber of po­ten­tial life­savers in La­nark­shire we hope this will trans­late to bet­ter out­comes for vic­tims.”

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