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Leicestershire Academy focus on CPR

A national community defibrillator training campaign has been launched, to teach schoolchildren how to respond quickly and calmly when treating a sudden cardiac arrest.

During the inaugural event at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, pupils were given a day’s training which aimed to get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) recognised as an essential basic life skill. Former England Rugby Captain and ex-pupil Martin Johnson was on hand to support the students and the campaign.

The programme is designed to underline how, regardless of age, anyone has the potential to become a lifesaver, leading the way to save a life just by using simple-to-learn techniques and with access to a community defibrillator device.

The Academy’s Health and Wellbeing Officer Angela Sippits said: “For some, the idea of resuscitation can seem like a scary prospect, so we’re eager to show the students that it’s actually quite simple. This programme does exactly that, giving students both the training and confidence needed to become potential lifesavers of the future.”

The defibrillator programme, which will initially provide 500 school-package units (HeartStart® FRx Defibrillator, Philips) through the NHS Supply Chain Framework Agreement, is designed to reduce accessibility barriers of using defibrillators. The devices come with a guidance application built in, a programme that talks the user through every step of the process in an emergency cardiac incident requiring CPR and resuscitation.

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Martin Johnson (Former England Rugby Captain and ex-pupil)

Philips have documented the day’s events with a short video, available here:

Published on: February 25, 2015

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