Southern Trust delivers lifesaving training to 175 local pupils

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Thursday, October 25th, 2018

175 pupils from St. Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel and Aughnacloy College have recently benefitted from CPR training as part of ‘Restart a Heart Day’.

Restart a Heart Day is an annual European initiative which aims to raise awareness of the importance of bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to increase the chance of survival when someone has a cardiac arrest.



The free training sessions were organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and supported by The British Heart Foundation NI.

Each year in Northern Ireland there are around 1,400 out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs).

Every minute counts when someone has an OHCA, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%.

However, many people simply don’t have the skills and confidence to step in and help, and this training will provide these vital skills.



Helen Cullen, Southern Trust Resuscitation Officer said, “If the training helps save one life in the future it will have been worthwhile in my opinion.

“As a result of today, 175 people in our area have been properly trained and will be more confident performing bystander CPR in the case of a cardiac arrest.

She added, “This could prove crucial in keeping the victim alive until ambulance crews arrive. I would like to thank our colleagues from within the Trust for providing the time to help in delivering this training.”



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