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Teach schoolchildren how to do CPR, say nurses


A motion was passed at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference today backing the mandatory training of schoolchildren in cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.

The resolution on CPR was presented today at RCN Congress in Glasgow by Valerie Douglas, from the union’s Dumfries & Galloway branch.

The branch noted that a private member’s bill aiming to introduce compulsory first aid education in state secondary schools had been defeated by the government last year.

But it suggested that shifting the focus solely to CPR, rather than overall first aid, would require no more than 30 minutes training and an annual update.

The training could be a standard national curriculum item delivered by schoolteachers, suggested the branch.

“The cost would be low but the impact tremendous,” said the branch in its statement supporting the resolution.

The results of the resolution on mandating CPR training for children was a majority in favour, with 30 abstentions and 19 votes against.


That this meeting of Congress calls on the governments of the UK to mandate the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to schoolchildren


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  • michael stone

    I would quite like everyone being able to perform CPR, for a 'technical reason' [which crops up in my ongoing end-of-life debate] - so I'm probably in favour of this.

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  • a great move forward- but que the endless debate of who will deliver this, what will they be teaching etc

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