CPR Training with JHMT & former student James
Led by Alan from the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and former De Lisle student (and current paramedic student) James, we were taught the steps needed to aid someone who is having a cardiac arrest.
The training involved a detailed step-by-step guide of what to do, starting with checking for danger, then gently shaking the person to check if they are responsive – and if not to call 999 – before checking their breathing and performing CPR until an ambulance arrives. If a defibrillator is available then that needs to be used and we also had the opportunity to learn how to use one and given advice on what to do.
Additionally, there were dummies for us to practice CPR on, and Alan and James assisted us on what was required and the correct technique. Taking part in this training has provided us with the skills that can increase chances of survival and potentially save a life. As a result of this training, I have gained the confidence that if ever faced with this situation I would know what to do and how to cope.
Edith, Deputy Head Girl
Joe Humphries Memorial Trust came in to train us in CPR and using a defibrillator in the case of a cardiac arrest. This meant practising the CPR technique on dummies and practising using the defibrillator, which I thought was incredibly valuable. We were told that every minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 10%, so knowing this can save somebody's life! I'm especially thankful for the defibrillator training, as even though I knew the school had one, before the training I would have been reluctant to use it because I would not have felt confident in the technique. Now I feel the training has made me much more prepared, to the point where I think I could help save a life if the situation arose.
We were also lucky enough to talk to James, a former De Lisle student and paramedic student, about his career as a paramedic. He gave us an insight into how valuable CPR can be from the many cardiac arrests he has attended.
Chris, Year 13