Aberdeen nursing students to teach public crucial life-saving skills

Nursing students at a north-east university are aiming to save lives by providing the public with vital CPR training.

Around 20 third and fourth-year students will be holding an all-day event at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Sir Ian Wood Building on Friday, which is open to the public.

Their efforts are part of the nationwide Save a Life for Scotland campaign, which aims to ensure 500,000 more people are able to perform CPR by next year.

According to campaign leaders, 3,500 cardiac arrest patients are treated by the ambulance service, but only one in 12 survive.

Student Mark Drummond, who helped organise the event, said: “Every week in Scotland, 70 people will have a sudden cardiac arrest – and it can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.

“Effective CPR can be taught in less than 20 minutes and that is time well spent if we, as a country, can save several hundred additional people each year.”

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Fellow student Lauren Anderson said: “We have had a lot of fantastic feedback already about our upcoming event, both within the university and across the region.

“This includes companies arranging to send teams of staff and invitations going out to parents at our local partner schools.

“All of us look forward to welcoming as many people as possible and making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

The event at RGU’s Garthdee campus is open to people of all ages and will feature the use of specialist equipment, including mannequins and defibrillators.

Everyone who attends will also be issued with a certificate to show they have been CPR-trained.

The event begins on Friday morning at 9am.