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IHF launches CPR 4 Schools, Creating Life-Savers for Life

Bank of Ireland has teamed up with the Irish Heart Foundation to train a new generation of lifesavers.

Some 5,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. 70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home in front of a bystander – starting CPR can double the chance of survival.

The Irish Heart Foundation in association with Bank of Ireland has launched the CPR 4 schools training programme. Designed for post-primary schools – the innovative programme equips teachers with the skills to deliver CPR training to teach their students.

"Our goal is to have trained 72% of post-primary schools by 2019" 
Irish Heart Foundation’s Basic Life Support expert Brigid Sinnott

The Irish Heart Foundation’s expert CPR 4 Schools team deliver training via education centres to teachers who are then provided with an online programme which can be taught effectively in the classroom. In addition, Irish Heart provides schools with free kits worth €600 which consist of training manikins.

Irish Heart Foundation’s Basic Life Support expert Brigid Sinnott said:  “We are delighted to launch the CPR 4 Schools programme in association with Bank of Ireland. Starting CPR immediately can double a person's chance of survival" 

“Schools are an ideal setting to reach all children and young people to help reduce the incidence of premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke which is Ireland’s number one killer,” continues Brigid.


The CPR 4 Schools programme consists of the following:

  • A 2 hour workshop for teachers about how to run CPR 4 schools programme
  • Lesson plans to guide teachers
  • Lesson plans to train school staff
  • Equipment packs for schools to enable hands-on and interactive practice with students
  • Access to the Irish Heart Foundation’s dedicated online school training centre CPR certificates for each participating student and teachers CPD points
  • Access to additional learning materials and other online resources


Please note that schools must commit to conducting ongoing training to retain their manikin pack and two teachers from each school must attend the 2-hour workshop.

Speak to the IHF National Heart & Stroke Helpline Nurses
Need to talk? Freephone 1800 25 25 50 Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Thurs till 7pm


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