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Y13s who have received Heartstart and St John Ambulance Young First-Aider certificates, with Mr M. James and Mrs M. McCullough - View Full Size Image
Y13s who have received Heartstart and St John Ambulance Young First-Aider certificates, with Mr M. James and Mrs M. McCullough
Y14s who have received Heartstart and St John Ambulance Young First-Aider certificates, with Mr M. James and Mrs M. McCullough - View Full Size Image
Y14s who have received Heartstart and St John Ambulance Young First-Aider certificates, with Mr M. James and Mrs M. McCullough
26/02/2013 LORETO COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVE FIRST AID CERTIFICATES

A number of sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine were presented with First Aid certificates from the St Johnís Ambulance and Heartstart organisations recently, in recognition of life-saving skills developed during the course of this academic year.

The students, from both Year 13 and Year 14 at the College, had completed these qualifications during their PE programme, under instruction from PE teachers Mrs Maureen McCullough, Ms Julie Wilson and Mr Paul Byrne, and had great fun trying out their bandaging skills on each other as well as learning† emergency life support.† The students received two qualifications. One of these was the Heartstart course certificate, which is funded by the British Heart Foundation.† This includes CPR, Recovery position, Bleeding and Choking.† Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency: simple skills that can save lives. It provides opportunities for people to learn the vital skills of Emergency Life Support. Through Heartstart UK the British Heart Foundation aims to strengthen the chain of survival by promoting and supporting Emergency Life Support training in the community.

The students also gained the Young First Aider certificate, from the St Johnís Ambulance and covers topics such as dealing with asthma, bone, muscle and joint injuries, burns and scalds, fainting and shock and poisons.† The Young First Aider course overlaps with the content of Heartstart.

In total, 54 sixth form students from Loreto received First Aid qualifications.† Ms Julie Wilson, one of the course instructors, commented, ĎThe students learnt that the benefit of CPR performed by a bystander in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is significant. If you can perform effective CPR whilst the ambulance is on its way you can more then double a personís chance of surviving.† It is good to know that 54 of our pupils could now help save a life by performing Emergency Life Support in the community.í

Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of PE at Loreto College, and Mr Michael James, College Principal paid tribute to all the students who had attained these qualifications, and wished them well in using their skills in the years ahead.