Learn to save a life in just eight minutes

Staff and students are being given the opportunity to learn life-saving skills in just eight minutes.

Restart A Heart Day events on campus. October 2018

Student volunteers from the School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills Team are staging a series of free drop-in sessions on campus ahead of the global Restart a Heart Day initiative organised by the Resuscitation Council on Tuesday 16 October.

Events will provide training to staff and students in life-saving skills, giving them the confidence to provide vital assistance in the event of a cardiac arrest medical emergency. 

The drop-in nature of the event allows for anyone to pop in and learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills, as well as familiarising themselves with a public-access defibrillator (AED) … all in the space of just eight minutes. 

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest walls to someone who is in cardiac arrest. The quicker the patient can be given shocks in combination with CPR, the greater the chance of successful resuscitation.

The drop-in sessions support the University’s recent initiative in which 17 new defibrillators were installed across campus. The University now has 30 of the life-saving machines, which are also registered with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The first drop-in will be held in the University Precinct between 3 and 7pm on Wednesday 10 October.

The second event will take place in the Airport Lounge, Level 7, Worsley Building, on Friday 12 October between noon and 2pm.

This partner-led event is a joint collaboration between the University’s Facilities Directorate, the School of Medicine, Leeds University Union, Leeds City Council and the Resuscitation Council.

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