Video: Lifesaving skills and CPR teachathon in Nottingham

Lifesaving skills and advice were on offer in Nottingham City Centre today Monday October 23. On until 5pm. 

Staff from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are joined by partners for the all-day CPR-teachathon and health promotion event in Smithy Row (outside Primark) from 10am until 5pm.

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They are teaching the public CPR and basic first aid skills.

Dominique Hughes, Staff Nurse at the Emergency Department at Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “It is great for us to be helping the public to learn these valuable skills – If our patients receive good first aid and CPR, we can give them a chance at a better outcome once they arrive in hospital.”

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The NUH Children’s Emergency Department Shared Governance Team will be one of around 10 organisations attending including East Midlands Ambulance Service, Base 51 Counselling Service, the Burns Nurse Specialists, Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the Health Visiting Team. There will also be a children’s entertainment stand.

According to the UK Resuscitation Council, every year around 350,000 people across Europe suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can increases survival rate dramatically. The CPR-Teachathon aims to spread this message and get more young people trained in CPR.

Volunteer medical students and hospital staff at QMC also trained over 250 school children and university students in the six step CPR programme as part of Restart a Heart Day. The students were taught how to use defibrillators and carry out safe chest compressions to the tune of Staying Alive.