Edmonton’s North Middlesex University Hospital welcomed hundreds of local school pupils and members of the community through its doors earlier today (Tuesday 16 October) to mark this year’s World Restart a Heart Day – a global health initiative which aims to teach vital, life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.
Pictured above: Tottenham Hotspur’s under-23 players Japhet Tanganga (back row, middle) and Kazaiah Sterling (back row, far right) joined pupils from Wilbury Primary School for World Restart a Heart Day at North Middlesex University Hospital yesterday.
Around 300 children from Wilbury School and St Edmund’s RC Primary School in Edmonton and Tottenham’s Francis de Sales RC Junior School and Devonshire Hill Primary School were excited to be joined by two of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s rising stars - centre half Japhet Tanganga and striker Kazaiah Sterling – who play in the Premier League club’s under 23s squad.
Under the guidance of the hospital’s expert resuscitation team, both the players and 10-11 year old pupils participated in group tutorial sessions throughout the day to observe the methods used to save someone’s life following a cardiac arrest. The group were shown CPR techniques including heart massage using life size models and how to use a defibrillator – a device which can restart a heart using an electric shock.
Belinda Okyere, one of North Mid’s resuscitation practitioners, told the group: “Everyone should learn how to restart a heart. If someone has a cardiac arrest, it means that their heart has stopped, you must call 999 and then start CPR as quickly as possible before professional medical help arrives. Your prompt action can save someone’s life.”
Lifesavers performing hands only CPR are advised to use the following three step process to ensure their resuscitation technique is correct:
· Harder: Apply firm pressure, using body weight.
· Faster: Compressions should be between 100-120 beats per minutes. The Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is a popular song used to demonstrate this tempo.
· Deeper: Press straight down on the victim’s chest by 5-6 centimetres.
Spurs player Kazaiah Sterling said: “It’s great to know what to do if someone has a heart attack and to be able to help children gain these important skills.” His teammate Japhet Tanganga added: “It’s a useful skill for everyone to learn!”
Commenting on the event, Maria Kane, North Mid’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to share this life-saving knowledge with the local community on World Restart a Heart Day - especially with our school children as you’re never too young to learn a new skill.
“It’s been fantastic to receive such great support from our local football club: We thank Kazaiah and Japhet for taking the time out from their busy schedules to join us on what has been a really informative, useful and fun day for all.”
Supported by Resuscitation Council UK, the Restart a Heart Day initiative takes place on the 16th of October every year, however 2018 is the first year the programme has been rolled out worldwide.
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