TEACHERS at a Henley school were given training on how to use life-
Twenty-five members of staff at Rupert House were shown how to use a defibrillator to restart a child’s heart in the case of an emergency.
The school is due to receive one of the devices on Monday after a donation by a parent to the Millie’s Dream appeal.
Steve Ambler, a former paramedic who now works as a first aid trainer for First Aid Matters, provided the free demonstration.
He showed staff how to give CPR and to supply the patient with oxygen and how to use a defibrillator.
Teachers were given a chance to test their basic first aid skills on a dummy and used a training defibrillator, which included vocal instructions. Mr Ambler, from Nettlebed, said: “If the teachers ever need to provide life support to a child they will now have the knowledge and experience to go ahead and act immediately without any delay. Time is so important in these situations.
“They were interested and responsive. So many people are frightened of doing this so that’s why it’s important to get the message out to as many people as we can.”
Headteacher Clare Lynas has supported the appeal since she joined the independent preparatory school in September.
She said: “It was extremely interesting and very important. It will help the staff to understand the importance of getting good CPR as quickly as possible.
I was very impressed with how clear the instructions were from the defibrillator. The school offers many congratulations to Millie’s Dream for getting up and running so quickly.”
Miss Roberts said providing schools with defibrillators was just the first phase of her vision.
She said: “We’re very keen that we don’t just install the devices but follow that up with a comprehensive, age-appropriate education package.
“Millie’s Dream is also about healthy hearts in Henley so what we need is for children to understand how to rescue someone in the case of a cardiac arrest.
“We also want them to learn how to look after their hearts through regular exercise. They can get that at the school and take it back to their parents or carers.”
Miss Roberts said Direct365 Supplies, which is providing the devices for £1,175 each, is also supplying an educational DVD for classroom learning. The first two defibrillators have been ordered following donations by Caleb Southwell, 46, from Aston, and Barry Newton, 45, from Peppard. The second device will be installed in Sacred Heart Primary School.
More are to follow after the appeal received £3,350 in donations and a grant from Oxfordshire County Council to push the total raised in donations and pledges to more than £14,000.
* A mobile phone app has been launched to show where the nearest defibrillator can be found. South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is the such trust to release the free software. The app, which is also available for tablet devices, offers advice on what to do when someone suffers cardiac arrest and has a button to transfer the user to 999. It is also available to download from the Apple store.