Leigh pupils learn how to save lives

Echo: Chle Battle and Zoe Heath help youngsters learn lifesaving skills Chle Battle and Zoe Heath help youngsters learn lifesaving skills

CHILDREN from St Michael’s School in Leigh took part in a basic life support workshop run by staff from Southend Hospital.

The 40 year five kids learnt essential skills for performing hands only life support. They practiced chest compressions on special dummies called Resus Annies which could be used to keep someone alive if their heart had stopped working.

Consultant cardiologist, Dr Thuraia Nageh led the session and was joined by cardiac physiologists, Chloe Battle and Zoe Heath.

Together they informed the children about how the heart works, pulse and blood pressure monitoring plus the use of pacemakers.

Dr Nageh, who has two children at the school, said: “It was a pleasure to run this workshop. I was very impressed by the pupils’ enthusiasm and exceptional understanding of the skills required to perform effective life support.

“Basic CPR can and does save lives and one or more of these children may need to use it to do just that in the future.”

Pupil Isabel Perry said: “I now know CPR. It will help me because if I see someone in need, I will be able to try and keep them alive.”

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8:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Royr says...

Excellent idea, which should be taught in all schools! I learnt first aid as a wolf cub (the Holger Nielson method for us oldies!) and I am glad I did
Excellent idea, which should be taught in all schools! I learnt first aid as a wolf cub (the Holger Nielson method for us oldies!) and I am glad I did Royr
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8:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Royr wrote:
Excellent idea, which should be taught in all schools! I learnt first aid as a wolf cub (the Holger Nielson method for us oldies!) and I am glad I did
I agree. First Aid should be introduced into the national curriculum..I'm sure they could fit it in to the schedule somewhere.

Apart from the potential to save lives, it's also a great confidence builder.
[quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: Excellent idea, which should be taught in all schools! I learnt first aid as a wolf cub (the Holger Nielson method for us oldies!) and I am glad I did[/p][/quote]I agree. First Aid should be introduced into the national curriculum..I'm sure they could fit it in to the schedule somewhere. Apart from the potential to save lives, it's also a great confidence builder. Kim Gandy
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