Stu­dents learn life sav­ing skills

Herald Express - - Down Your Way - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

STU­DENTS and staff at New­ton Ab­bot’s pi­o­neer­ing tech­ni­cal col­lege have re­ceived a valu­able les­son in how to save a life as part of a na­tional ini­tia­tive by the Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Coun­cil.

South Devon Uni­ver­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege hosted an in­ter­ac­tive CPR train­ing ses­sion to mark Restart a Heart Day 2018. This year the Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Coun­cil (UK) part­nered with the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, Bri­tish Red Cross, St John Am­bu­lance and York­shire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to help train as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the UK.

Throw­ing them­selves into the vi­tal train­ing, stu­dents and staff spent the day in the col­lege’s Chal­lenge Arena and learnt es­sen­tial skills to shape them into fu­ture life­savers in­clud­ing the cor­rect way to per­form CPR and what steps to take in crit­i­cal, life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The train­ing ses­sion was led by Jonathan Bradley, Can­cer Care Fa­cil­i­ta­tor (Dorset, Devon and Som­er­set) South West­ern Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, a char­ity that not only helps mil­lions of peo­ple af­fected by can­cer but also trains paramedics in pal­lia­tive care. Gra­ham Gor­don from the Devon Air Am­bu­lance Trust also pre­sented in­for­ma­tion about their role in emer­gency re­sponses across the county.

Stu­dents were given per­mis­sion to at­tend the ses­sion in non-school uni­form in re­turn for a £1 do­na­tion. A to­tal of £250 was raised from the day which will now be do­nated to each of the three char­i­ties; the Devon Air Am­bu­lance Trust, Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion and

Pupils at South Devon Uni­ver­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege learn life sav­ing skills Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Claire Plumb, Prin­ci­pal of South Devon UTC, said: “We were keen to get the whole school in­volved in Re-start a Heart Day 2018 as it was a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents and staff to learn life-sav­ing skills. Shock­ingly, if you suf­fer a car­diac ar­rest out­side of a hos­pi­tal, you have less than a one in ten chance of sur­viv­ing.

“At South Devon UTC, we feel that it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that all of our stu­dents, as well as staff, are trained in CPR to help im­prove this statis­tic na­tion­wide.”

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