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About the Programme

What is the programme about?

The programme aims to ensure that every young person passing through secondary education in the City and County schools is provided with training in Emergency Life Support, including vital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). It will also provide every secondary school with an AED and guidance on its use.

Why is the programme important?

Cardiac arrest most commonly occurs in adults, in whom it is usually caused by coronary heart disease but it can also occur in the young due to unrecognised congenital or inherited heart conditions.

There are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. Half of these are witnessed by family or bystanders, but only 10% survive the event.

However, with immediate action by a trained bystander and rapid access to an AED, survival rates of 50% or more can be achieved. The key to survival is: