Braes High praised for teaching pupils life-saving skills

A Falkirk school has become one of the first in central Scotland to offer its pupils life-saving CPR and defibrillator training.

Braes High youngsters are being taught the crucial 
techniques needed to prevent a person from dying should they suffer a cardiac arrest in a public place.

Personal and Social Education students at Braes High received hands-on CPR and defibrillator training

Personal and Social Education students at Braes High received hands-on CPR and defibrillator training

According to British Heart Foundation figures, cardiac arrests are responsible for an estimated 100,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Braes High teaching staff have teamed up with the
 Royal Life Saving Society UK to 
deliver a series of training sessions which advise students on what to do if they ever find themselves in a situation where someone requires CPR or a defibrillator.

The first workshop was held at the school on 
Monday as S4 
Personal and Social 
Education (PSE) pupils heard how survival rates jump from six to 75 per cent if an electric current from a defibrillator is administered to the heart within three minutes.

Students were then given the chance to put the lessons they learned into practise 
using public access defibrillators (PADs) and manikins.

Norrie Brown, Royal Life Saving Society UK trainer and assessor, praised Braes High for its participation.

He said: “The school 
deserves attention as it is one of the forerunners in Central Scotland in teaching CPR and defibrillator use to pupils.

“The pupils acquitted themselves really well.”

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