A Lesson on Basic Life Support at Externato Marista de Lisboa

aula sobre suporte básico de vida

Hospital da Luz Clínica da Amadora gave, yesterday, training on basic life support to students of Externato Marista de Lisboa.

Three 9th grade classes from Externato Marista de Lisboa took, yesterday, a different lesson, provided by nurse coordinator of Hospital da Luz Clínica da Amadora, Paulo Fonseca. Distributed in three sessions, the 93 students involved in this activity had the opportunity to learn the basic notions to evaluate and assist a person in cardiorespiratory arrest.

Each lesson started with a theoretical part, where Paulo Fonseca explained the organization of the national medical emergency system and showed a film on the correct way to perform assistance and reanimation manoeuvres. Afterwards, the students practiced the life support manoeuvres on mannequins.

It is worth mentioning that, on average, one person goes into cardiorespiratory arrest every 90 seconds, the chances of survival depending on the promptness of the basic life manoeuvres applied: chest compressions intervalled with expired air ventilation (“mouth-to-mouth breathing”) and placing the victim in lateral security position.

These topics integrate, by the way, the 9th grade Natural Sciences program, the responsible for this discipline at Externato Marista de Lisboa, Carla Pretarouca, considering this training provided by Hospital da Luz “very useful”.

Besides his functions at Hospital da Luz Clínica da Amadora, Paulo Fonseca is also an INEM trainer.