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Y13 students who received First Aid and Heartstart qualifications - View Full Size Image
Y13 students who received First Aid and Heartstart qualifications
Y13-14 students who received First Aid and Heartstart qualifications - View Full Size Image
Y13-14 students who received First Aid and Heartstart qualifications
29/02/2016 LORETO COLLEGE SIXTH FORMERS EARN FIRST AID QUALIFICATIONS

A group of over 40 sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine have completed a qualification in First Aid.  The students completed the Heartstart qualification during their Physical Education time over a six-week period, run by PE teacher Ms Julie Wilson, who is a trained first aid instructor. 

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.

During their six week course, the Loreto students learned to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),care for an unconscious casualty, help someone who is choking, manage serious bleeding, and recognise and treat someone having a heart attack. The students learned 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 person’s chance of surviving.

The students also achieved their Young Lifesaver’s award from the St John’s ambulance. This award covered other important aspects of First Aid such as poisioning, bleeding, burns, shock, scalds, and fractures.

Congratulating the students on their achievement, Ms Julie Wilson commented:
“It is good to know that 44 of our pupils could now help save a life by performing Emergency Life Support in the community.”

In total, 20 Year 14 students and 24 Year 13 students received the qualifications.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated the students and their teachers on achieving these lifesaving qualifications.