Holy Name pupils learn life saving skills

Kiama, Aine, Niamh, Owen & Adam with their fingers in plaster with trainer Sharon Hughes

Kiama, Aine, Niamh, Owen & Adam with their fingers in plaster with trainer Sharon Hughes

Year 6 pupils from Holy Name Primary School in Great Barr took part in the I.M.P.S program following a visit to school from trainers from Sandwell hospital.

I.M.P.S stands for ‘Injury Minimization Program for Schools’ and is aimed to give children an awareness of the workings of a hospital, advice for preventing injury and accidents and basic first aid techniques.

To begin the day the class was met by their trainers and the pupils learned about how to help someone in trouble through practicing the techniques of CPR and the recovery position.

Christian, Vinaya, Libby, Sonia & Blajez at the ambulance with trainer Mandy Summers

Christian, Vinaya, Libby, Sonia & Blajez at the ambulance with trainer Mandy Summers

After a talk and demonstration the pupils practiced resuscitation and heart pumping on a dummy and the recovery position on each other. They were also taught the procedures to go through if they found someone unconscious and all agree they would feel confident in this situation.

Jaian, Cian & Alfie doing CPR

Jaian, Cian & Alfie doing CPR

The second part of the program involved watching a DVD to see how accidents could occur and how to prevent them. There then followed a visit to the ambulance and talk about the works of a hospital. This helped allay many fears and everyone also enjoyed having their finger put in plaster to experience how this feels.

The day was very beneficial in all ways.