Beginning in 2020, schools in the UK will be teaching their students CPR and basic first aid skills.
CPR, short for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is an emergency lifesaving procedure that is performed when the heart stops beating. If done immediately, it can double or even triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
According to SkyNews, around 30,000 people a year in the UK go into cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and less than merely 10% survive. Studies have shown that in the countries where children have learned CPR, the survival rates double. That is to say, teaching children basic and practical skills like these ones is highly essential in comparison to algebra or whatnot.
The British Heart Foundation has welcomed the move, while Education Secretary Damian Hinds claimed that learning the skills of first aid and CPR will give people the confidence to know they can help someone in need and “in the most extreme cases – it could potentially save a life”. He said:
That’s why we took the decision to include health education alongside relationship education for primary school children and relationship and sex education for secondary children.
He referred to these skills as ‘crucial’ in the means of thriving in the modern world.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, spoke about the plans, saying:
The DfE’s plans are a decisive moment in the battle to improve cardiac arrest survival rates, following years of campaigning by the BHF and others.
He said that introducing these skills to children is a ‘significant step’ that promises to improve the odds of survival for people who experience cardiac arrest.
This plan will become mandatory in schools to be taught by 2020, and the government is offering support for schools who want to sign up this year.
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