Restart a Heart day
The second ‘European Restart a Heart Day’ to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest will be held this autumn, organised by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). The initiative, which takes place on October 16, is aimed particularly at Europe’s younger people, aims to improve the very low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. On the day, Members of European Parliament will be taught how to resuscitate a victim and use an automated external defibrillator (A.E.D.).
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Life-Saving act by 11 year old girl
An 11-year old girl has saved the life of her 3-year old brother thanks to a revolutionary course of first-aid training she received as a part of her school lessons.
Mary McDonnell, the daughter of local Limerick resident Jane arrived home from school one afternoon last week to find her younger brother looking panicked and unable to speak. With her mother upstairs and unable to help, she quickly recognised the signs of choking and began immediately to deliver life-saving first aid to assist him. Within moments she had successfully managed to relieve him and the young boy began breathing again. ‘I just followed the instructions that the teacher had shown me in school’ said Mary, after the incident. Baby John had a red face, and could not talk, and this was what they showed us in class. It was easy for me to help him.’
Mary is one of many children who have taken part in the First Aid for Youths training scheme in her school. The revolutionary new teaching method allows teachers to combine basic first aid training with their standard lesson plan in order for them to deliver key life-saving skills to children. James O’Connor, the Principal at Marys School had seen the FAY Programme at the Irish Primary Principals Network Conference in January 2013 and subsequently took the decision to bring it into his own school. “It’s such a great concept, combining essential life skills with curriculum linkages and integrations,’ says Mr O’Connor. ‘I really liked the style of the lessons and materials and it was only after I started to use the resource that I realised how good the value was. I have been running the First Aid classes every week and all of our teachers have found it very simple to integrate with the ordinary lesson plans. The children also enjoy it enormously.’
The First Aid for Youths Program has been developed and designed by a team including First Aid experts and primary school teachers. “Delivering these simple life skills to children is the best way to improve our response to emergencies. It may take a little longer but we will have a better prepared society in the future” states Seamus Sinnott, the founder of FAY. For more information see www.firstaidforyouths.com . Names have been changed at the request of the family involved.