CPR Training to be added to the School Curriculum in England

The British Heart Foundation has recently reported that that the Government plans to teach CPR in schools.

Education Secretary Damien Hinds announced the plans in January of this year after being inspired following a trip to an American school.

In the UK, the survival rate following cardiac arrest is just 1 in 10. Other countries such as the USA provide First Aid and CPR training in schools and enjoy higher survival rates after cardiac arrest thanks to better knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation.

The CPR training will be added to the curriculum in Secondary Schools across England. Young people will be taught how to administer CPR, the role defibrillators play in saving lives as well as basic first aid training. It is to be rolled out from 2020.
It is hoped that providing this training will give younger people the confidence to know what to do in an emergency situation and ultimately help save a life.

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