Learning how to save lives
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.”