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St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry

World Restart A Heart Day 2019

1st Nov 2019


Article 6

You have the right to be alive.


On Wednesday 16 October 2019 the First Aiders of St. Clare’s Abbey came together along with an alliance of organizations from over the world to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and to increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR.

Restart a Heart Day is a global initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council, launched in 2013, to raise awareness of the importance of teaching members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital every year.  Currently, less than one in 10 survive. The earlier a patient can receive CPR and a shock from a defibrillator, the greater their chance of survival.

Bystander CPR increases survival by two to three times; however, it is only delivered in one in five incidents. If we achieved the same survival rates as countries like Norway (25%) – an additional 100 lives could be saved every week, the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.   We know that the major difference is widespread training in CPR.