Medical initiative teaches pupils vital emergency skills
Heartstarters programme teaching life-saving skills to school pupils passes 3,000 mark
An initiative which sees UWE Bristol students teach vital life-saving skills to local school pupils has now trained more than 3,000 young people.
Great Western Heartstarters, a partnership between UWE Bristol and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), was launched three years ago to ensure children are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed in a medical emergency.
The three-year anniversary of the programme was celebrated on October 16, World Restart a Heart Day, with a fundraising CPR-A-Thon event at the University’s Glenside campus. UWE Bristol students took it in turns to practise chest compressions on a mannequin continuously between 7am and 7pm. Training was also given to University staff and students as part of the day.
Medical professionals including doctors, paramedics, nurses and UWE Bristol nursing and allied health professions students team up with the GWAAC Critical Care Team to deliver Heartstarters training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED) in secondary schools.
More than 120 UWE students have been involved in the Great Western Heartstarters scheme, working with professionals from GWAAC, giving talks and demonstrations. The school pupils are given the chance to practice basic life-saving skills on specially adapted mannequins.