Brooke Weston students can learn CPR and other first aid essentials using a kit kindly supplied by the British Heart Foundation. It comprises a training DVD and 35 inflatable manikins that can be used to practice life-saving skills.
Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme students were the first in the school to use the equipment, which covers how and when to perform CPR on an adult or child, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use a public access defibrillator.
Technician Mr Hooper said: ‘I applied for a grant and we got 35 dummies with the teaching materials, spare lungs and cleaning kit free of charge from the British Heart Foundation. The introductory DVD is a step-by-step guide to using CPR. I have a group of 14 Duke of Edinburgh students so we used the kit. The session was good fun although it made them realise how physical CPR is to perform. They have to do first aid as part of their D of E requirements but, as this kit is aimed at students aged 12 and over, it could be used by most of our students. The DVD highlights real life examples of students saving lives with this skills so the kit is a great asset to the school.’