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28th May, 2022

Students learn life-saving skills in wake of Christian Eriksen’s collapse

LIFE-SAVING skills have been learnt by a group of Rugby students in the wake of footballer Christian Eriksen’s collapse during a match at the Euros.

Year 10 students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College spent time learning how to perform CPR and how to activate an automated external defibrillator (AED) during an Experience of Work day, designed to enhance their employability skills.

They learnt the skills using resources from the Resuscitation Council’s website, including interactive videos and activities.

A number of students were also supported by Anneke Gyles, an advance nurse practitioner who works for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Following the Danish footballer’s collapse last month, the school created a resource to let students know where the school’s AED is kept and to tell students what to do in an emergency.

After seeing this, Anneke volunteered to visit the school to teach students about emergency first aid and how to operate the defibrillator.

During her visit, Anneke informed students about changes to the CPR procedure, told them where to find AEDs in the community, and let students practice their skills on a mannequins.

Lisa Owen, Achievement Leader and Careers Lead, said: “We are really grateful to Anneke for visiting us to share her lifesaving knowledge with our students. We hope to invite her back in September to work with more of our students.”

Head teacher Alison Davies said: “We are fortunate to have our own AED, which can be accessed quickly in an emergency situation. However, it is important that as many people as possible know how to respond in an emergency.

“We look forward to continuing this in September and hope our whole school community will have the right knowledge and confidence to act in an emergency.”

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