Edinburgh Council backs CPR training kits in secondary schools

CPR being taught in Scottish secondary schools.

By Morven McIntyre

Edinburgh City Council have backed the British Heart Foundation’s call for CPR training kits in local secondary schools.

The council’s decision will see 3,000 school pupils across the capital learn cardiac arrest first aid skills.

Research from the British Heart Foundation shows that less than 1 in 10 people can survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. The charity aim to improve cardiac arrest survival rates by training young people in Scottish schools with life saving skills.

All secondary schools will be eligible to apply for a free Call, Push, Rescue training kit. Schools can simply complete a form on the British Heart Foundation website to receive a training kit. The kits include vital resources such as reusable inflatable mannequins and inflation pumps.

Scottish Green lead on Education Mary Campbell said: “This is a really great new council policy. Having been involved with cardiac arrest that involved both CPR and using a defibrillator, I know first-hand that people having training can lead to lives being saved. By training our young people at school, we ensure that large numbers of people are given the skills they need to save a life.”

David McColgan, senior policy and public affairs manager from the British Heart Foundation, said: “Edinburgh City Council’s decision means that around 3,000 school pupils will learn lifesaving CPR skills each academic year, delivering a City of Lifesavers for years to come. However, if the remaining local authorities in Scotland were to follow Edinburgh’s approach, we would see around 50,000 pupils trained each year, delivering a nation of lifesavers, and establishing Scotland as a world leader in CPR.”

“Edinburgh City Council has shown that with strong leadership, vision and bravery it is possible for Scotland to stand on the world stage.”

Edinburgh is not the only Scottish city to have passed CPR training policy. Aberdeen city council also passed initiatives in June this year to ensure that CPR is taught in local secondary schools.

David McColgan said: “We look forward to working together to ensure that Aberdeen benefits from a city of lifesavers for years to come.”

The charity also provides online videos which can help give an idea of the training process.