MORE than 100 students at Leek High School had one of the most vital lessons of their school year this summer when they learned how to save a life in just two hours.
David Wright, a retired teacher and medic with the Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team, visited the Springfield Road school with paramedic Rachel Graffy to teach Year 9 students first aid skills as part of the British Heart Foundation's free Heart Start training scheme.
Run locally by West Midlands Ambulance, the training scheme aims to equip people with the vital skills they might need to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. Teenagers learned how to cope in an emergency by following DRSABC – checking for Danger, checking for a Response from the patient, Shouting for help, clearing Airways to allow the patient to breathe, checking if he is Breathing and, if not, starting Chest compressions.
Teacher Steve Emberson said: "We wanted to make sure we covered this vital training as part of our PHSE curriculum at Leek High because we think it really important that everyone has these vital skills. Anyone can suffer a heart attack, choking or bleeding and you never know when the training might be needed."
Rachel Graffy, of West Midlands Ambulance, said: "We know what it's like to turn up at the scene of an emergency to find that nothing has been done for the casualty. The outcome for a patient is massively improved if the right procedures have been followed and our aim with this training is to give people the confidence to get involved.
"Our message is that you can't do any harm by trying to help and, since 2012, we have trained over 20,000 people to help keep someone alive in the event of an emergency."