Just have a go - resuscitation could save someone’s life

Posted on Wed, 04/10/2017 by Susan Lewis, Senior Resus Officer

Sue Lewis, resus officer

"Resuscitation can be frightening if you have never had to do it, nevertheless once a person is in a state of cardiac arrest you can do them no harm. The message our team wants to get out to everyone is: Just have a go; it could save someone’s life."

I started nursing in January 1980 at Westminster hospital in London, which is now a block of luxury flats. During my time in Westminster I was working in A&E when the IRA was bombing London and I was also working at Kings College when the Brixton riots were occurring, I quite often seem to be in the vicinity of major events.  Although those events were frightening your training kicks in and I was involved in resuscitating several individuals who were caught up in those events.

I have worked across a variety of medical wards including oncology, liver and cardiology and have been involved in teaching for a great number of years. I have worked at City University as a lecturer in nursing before moving to Derbyshire, where I worked in the local acute trust before moving to the community where I have taught clinical skills and resuscitation for the last 4 years.

I moved to the north east two months ago to be reunited with my husband who relocated to Newcastle for work 3 and a half years ago. I am enjoying being near to the sea and spend time walking my dogs on Tynemouth beach.

My role within the QE is that of senior resus officer, I work alongside two other team members, Karen Wan and Drew Griffiths. Together we deliver most of the resuscitation training across the trust.  We are supported in this by a group of cascade trainers who deliver training to their colleagues in a local area, such as pharmacy or radiology.

My days are always very varied here at the QE - it may involve teaching for part of the day, attending meetings, or cardiac arrest calls, developing strategic protocols and widening engagement with the local community. One of the upcoming community events is Restart a Heart Day, this occurs nationally every October and is designed to get more people having a go at basic life support.

The team offers a variety of courses in resus for clinical and non-clinical staff. Resuscitation can be frightening if you have never had to do it, nevertheless once a person is in a state of cardiac arrest you can do them no harm. The message our team wants to get out to everyone is: Just have a go; it could save someone’s’ life. If you are interested in attending a course please contact any of the team. Or find out more here.

There are some fantastic videos out there to offer advice on what to do in an emergency. I especially like this one which shows what to do if a baby chokes:

Vinnie Jones is also brilliant in this one in explaining how to do CPR in adults

Remember – just have a go – it could save a life!

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