Hospital staff taught how to ‘Restart a Heart’

Hospital workers in non-clinical roles were offered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training on Wednesday 16 October in aid of the worldwide awareness campaign.

Photograph of Rachel with CPR manikins and a defibrillator

Rachel Hewison, senior resuscitation officer for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: “You never know when someone might need your help. Whether it’s a family member at home or a stranger in the street, you might be the only person around to help them. That’s why CPR is such a crucial skill for everyone to learn.

“Restart a Heart Day is a worldwide initiative aiming to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (heart attacks). On the day, people all over the world put on CPR training sessions to increase the number of people who can help when someone is in need.”

At Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Rachel put on training sessions throughout the day for staff who aren’t directly involved in caring for patients. Those who do care for patients attend the training yearly, but for those who don’t, it was a great opportunity for them to learn the important techniques.

Rachel added: “I’ve held CPR training for my non-clinical colleagues for the last six years. This year, my colleague Kim and I who have been running the sessions have had more people than ever take up the offer and get to grips with the manikins and defibrillators!

“CPR will also be taught in schools from next year which is really great. The more people we can train, the more lives we’ll save and it’s great to see so many extra people doing the training for Restart a Heart Day – if we can save one person’s life it will be worth it.”

The Restart a Heart campaign is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

If you think someone isn’t breathing or their blood isn’t circulating properly, please call 999 and begin CPR immediately. If there is someone else on hand, ask them fetch the nearest defibrillator machine nearby which will help to provide instructions for CPR whilst the ambulance arrives.

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