The Resuscitation Council is encouraging all secondary schools to give children in the UK the chance to learn lifesaving techniques on Restart a Heart Day.
Taking place on 16th October the Europe-wide Restart a Heart Day is aimed at educating younger people about the benefits of learning and, if necessary, practicing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
To mark the first-ever event the Resuscitation Council is sending every secondary school in the UK a DVD of its interactive film LIFESAVER, which has already received over 100,000 downloads and been awarded Site of the Month on the Favourite Website Awards (FWA) website.
Dr Andrew Lockey, Honorary Secretary of the Resuscitation Council said: "Showing the LIFESAVER interactive film to secondary school pupils to inspire and support discussions on or beyond Restart a Heart Day will provide a great opportunity to learn and practice CPR, if required to do so.
"Most people are not aware that 80% of cardiac arrests occur in the home, meaning that you could save the live of a family member or friend by learning CPR."
An estimated 60,000 people each year in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest but less than 10% of those people will survive. However, if a bystander is able to correctly start CPR before medical help arrives, they more than double a person’s chance of survival.
The Resuscitation Council has produced and distributed the LIFESAVER DVD to over 7,000 schools. The DVD is supported by a lesson plan to aid discussion of the film and the issues featured in it. Pupils will learn by doing - if they do it wrong, they will see the consequences.
In addition to the DVD, LIFESAVER is available free at www.life-saver.org.uk. The phone and tablet versions of the LIFESAVER App, are available free on iTunes and Google Play.