Heartsafe, 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:
Early CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) + Early Defibrillation
Who will be involved in the programme?
The programme will include all secondary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. The initial focus will be on those schools that
include Year 10 pupils, as this is the year group that will be trained in the first instance.
Who is behind the programme?
Two local charities – the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and the East Midland Pacemaker Fund – have joined forces with other key agencies including The British Heart Foundation, the East Midlands Ambulance Service, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and leaders in the city and county schools, with support from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, reflecting their common interests in improving the care of individuals who suffer a cardiac arrest in the community.
Further details about the programme can be found at: