STAYING Alive was the message ringing out of the Tryst at Strathearn Community Campus recently when pupils and community members were given the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR.
The lunchtime event was organised by Pam Armstrong, Community Learning and Development Worker and local paramedic John Pritchard from the Scottish Ambulance Service, to raise awareness of the hard and fast hands-only CPR campaign which is currently being promoted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
With the BHF’s Vinnie Jones advert playing on the big screen, and six Little Anne manikins set out on the assembly hall floor, more than 50 young people and community members were shown through the skills needed to give hands-only CPR, including the use of a defibrillator.
The young people who took part were also given the chance to enter a prize draw run by the Youth Services team in the dinner hall.
John said: “Hands-Only CPR, or CPR without mouth-to-mouth breathing, is a two-step technique that involves calling 999 and pushing hard and fast in the centre of the chest until professional help
arrives. Hands-Only CPR is an easy and effective technique that has the potential to save lives every day if we can educate more people about this and reduce their fears and hesitation when helping others.
“I would also like to thank the Crieff Community Campus, P&K Community Learning and Support, Learning Zone Helpers and Pupils for their support and involvement in rolling out this event.”
To find out more about Hands-Only CPR go to www.bhf.org.uk