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Pupils show they're all heart

Published on 16/10/18

Dozens of pupils have learnt vital life-saving skills as part of a global health initiative.

Around 60 pupils from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy took part in Restart A Heart Day, supported by local charity Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.

Paramedic Abi Johnson and community first responder Pat Seaman visited the school's Salisbury Road site to teach youngsters vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills - better known as how to restart a heart.

The NHS recommends two methods of CPR for adults, hands-only or with rescue breaths for those with more confidence.

To carry out a chest compression:

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  3. Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5-6cm (2-2.5 inches) on their chest.
  4. Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.  
  5. Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.

If you have been trained in CPR, including rescue breaths, and feel confident using your skills, you should give chest compressions with rescue breaths.

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the centre of the person's chest, then place the other hand on top and press down by 5-6cm (2-2.5 inches) at a steady rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
  2. After every 30 chest compressions, give two rescue breaths.
  3. Tilt the casualty's head gently and lift the chin up with 2 fingers. Pinch the person's nose. Seal your mouth over their mouth and blow steadily and firmly into their mouth for about one second. Check that their chest rises. Give two rescue breaths.
  4. Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until they begin to recover or emergency help arrives.