On Friday I joined pupils at Wakefield City Academy in learning how to undertake CPR. The session was run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who were teaching 20,000 pupils across Yorkshire on the day. The pupils watched a video and then practiced CPR for themselves on specially designed dummies.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service told me that in the UK only 9% of adults who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive. This figure is 26% in Norway, where they teach CPR in schools and to members of the public. This underlines the importance of teaching CPR in schools, and the fact that there is so much more to be done in the UK.