Hospital trust to participate in international CPR challenge

Diana HulbertStaff, patients and visitors at Southampton's teaching hospitals will be among thousands of people across the UK aiming for a world record tomorrow (Monday).

As part of a week of national celebrations to mark 50 years of emergency medicine, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) will attempt to record the largest amount of people learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) simultaneously.

Members of the emergency department team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust will play their part by hosting basic life support sessions in various parts of Southampton General Hospital and in venues around Hampshire at 9.09am.

"The UK was the first country in the world to recognise emergency medicine as a separate specialty in 1967 and clinicians nationwide hope to use this milestone to raise important health and educational messages," said Dr Diana Hulbert, a consultant in emergency medicine at UHS and chair of the RCEM celebrations committee.

"As one of many events we are going to try to get the biggest number of people simultaneously taught basic life support and I am aiming for UHS to have the most participants in the country for this exciting CPR challenge."

The week will also see clinicians provide advice, education and support on mental health, violence prevention, accident prevention and wellness. 

Posted on Sunday 8 October 2017