We are fortunate to have a lovely school community, but recently some parents have gone that extra mile!
Two mothers whom are health professionals, created a two-day KS2 Emergency Day event to teach pupils basic lifesaving skills and first aid. They recruited an experienced team of parents and grandparents from the school and community who are doctors, nurses, a midwife and a British Red Cross first aider to run the event. They were also joined by local medical students from Anglian Ruskin Medical School to help cover the hundreds of pupils involved.
The aim of the event was to give the children skills to potentially save a life as well as hopefully inspire them in a career in healthcare. The KS2 event went beyond just basic first aid and included learning how to do CPR, manage choking and anaphylaxis. This will more than satisfy the Government’s new requirements that all state-funded schools in England teach basic first aid to primary school children. The event will happen again in June when KS1 will be taking part.
The event’s two organisers were GP, Dr Alev Onen, whose son is in Year 1 at the school and former ITU nurse Nerys Hunneybel, who is now complex care nurse in the community. She has daughters in Year 3 and 5. They are both keen that all children become potential lifesavers especially after basic lifesaving helped saved the life of Nerys’s husband when he had a heart attack last year.
On day one:
Pupils learnt CPR, dealing with a choking victim or someone having an anaphylactic reaction. Pupils practised on resuscitation dolls (singing to Baby Shark for the perfect rate of compressions), removed an airway blockage by practising back slaps and abdominal thrusts on a choking vest and administered an adrenaline auto-injector to stop an anaphylactic reaction.
On day two:
Pupils rotated around first aid stations learning how to administer basic first aid for bleeding, asthma attack, head injury, seizure and burns. There were fake wound tattoos, fake blood, bandaging, inhalers and a simulated chest from the medical school for the children to listen with stethoscopes to asthmatic wheeze.
Thank you to everyone that gave their time to be part of this special event!