Hackness pupils learn lifesaving skills

Pupils give CPR to life-like training manikins.

Schoolchildren from Hackness Primary CofE School have been trained in crucial lifesaving skills as part of a national attempt to set a record for the most people simultaneously learning resuscitation skills. The event was part of a Guinness book of records national challenge celebrating the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s 50th anniversary.

Staff from Scarborough Hospital’s Emergency Department visited the school where 30 children, aged between six and 11, were taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation on life-like training manikins.

Hackness CofE pupils with their certificates.

The scho0ol’s headteacher Lee Talbot, said: “The staff and children were delighted to take part in this special event. Hopefully this will equip the children with skills that could prove useful in an emergency situation.”

Ed Smith, lead consultant for emergency medicine at Scarborough Hospital led the team of skilled resuscitation trainers.

Ed said: “Thanks to the children and staff at the school, it was a brilliant event and our team managed to train 30 children in 30 minutes.

“We really enjoyed helping to educate and inspire children about the work of our own department and emergency medicine in general.

“Everyone can learn to help save a life, including children. They are capable of assessing a situation, responding calmly, remembering their training, and saving lives. There are many instances of children saving the lives of other children and even adults when they know what to do.

“Hopefully our event has helped highlight how emergency medicine has made a real difference to the lives of millions.

“To have made it to 50 years as a specialty is a real achievement.”

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