Wednesday 1st December 2010 by C. Freeman
Students learned how to administer CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), dress wounds and perform the Heimlich manoeuvre after being given expert instruction from professionals.
Sixth Formers on the Health and Social Care course and Year 10 hospitality students tackled the practical tasks under guidance from paramedics Maz Alsbury and Paul Parsons and emergency care assistant, Martin Bishton, all from the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Maz, who has been a paramedic for 11 years said: ‘During an emergency situation if we can encourage one person to have a go then we feel as though we have done a good job. We were teaching the new bystander CPR, which is 100 chest compressions a minute, a procedure that has been simplified to encourage the layman to actually do something on the scene if something happens.’
She explained the best thing to do in an emergency is to keep calm: ‘When people calm down they realise that the situation generally is not quite as drastic as they thought. People in pain tend to become hysterical so a large part of our job is to calm situations down so we can assess what needs to be done.’
Maz’s husband, John, was drafted into the role of a choking patient so that students could practise the Heimlich manoeuvre, a technique designed to dislodge obstructions in the throat. Maz said: ‘Once they got over their initial shyness the students were getting really involved in the practical side; we were very impressed with them.’
Teacher Corinna Walton said ‘The 21 Sixth Formers have a final assessment of their first aid skills next year so they need to practice the skills they have been taught today. This session, as well as teaching the the essentials, has also developed their teamwork and communication skills.’