5th March 2018 – We all know that some knowledge of first aid can be useful.  Last week students in one of our Y12 Biology classes took this a stage further, by learning how to save someone’s life: they were taught how to carry out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Maria Hunt (12Y) tells us more …

We were taught by our fellow students, Katarina Lundrigan and Laura English. They passed on to us some vital life-saving skills that would be very beneficial if an emergency situation arose. As a result of Katarina’s police cadet training, she was able to teach us the “DRSABC” method:

D – Danger Ensure that the area is safe before beginning to help the person.
R – Response Is the person alert? Can they respond to voice or pain?
S – Shout for help Make others aware of the situation and get assistance.
A – Airways Is the person’s airway obstructed?
B – Breathing Is the person breathing?
C – Circulation Begin giving compressions and breaths if the person is not breathing.

We practised most of the above methods on each other and all of the methods on dummies that had been donated to school. We were able to carry out the crucial step ‘C’ on the dummies as we could give breaths to and carry out compressions on them. We were taught how to give compressions effectively and that different age groups (i.e. adults and children) need different styles of compression as they would need different amounts of pressure. We are extremely thankful for the skills Katarina and Laura have passed on to us, and believe that these are skills everyone should learn. This lesson has made us much more confident in dealing with an emergency situation and has enabled us to potentially save a life in the future.