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Train to Save | Capacitar para Salvar

The project is supported by workshops of health education sessions on basic life support and is developed around the dissemination of the Nursing Graduation Course at the Lisbon School of Nursing of the Health Sciences Institute of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

The realization of the Project is justified, considering that the main cause of death in Portugal is cardiovascular diseases and the ability to act with quality increases the probability of survival of the victim.

According to the National Health Plan, revision and extension to 2020, health promotion and protection emphasizes the importance of achieving health gains individually or collectively through common goals that prove to be determinants of health, the integration of sustained efforts by all the sectors of society and the use of strategies based on citizenship, equity and access, quality and healthy policies, enhancing health gains (Directorate-General of Health; Ministry of Health, 2015).

Based on the mission of the UCP “to produce and share critical, innovative and socially relevant knowledge, at the service of the integral development of the person and the common good” (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2016) and considering that the human being is conceptualized as a person which is materialized in a health project, taking care of yourself, others, things and the world around you, we support the training project in basic life support in secondary schools.

Its general objective is to train students for civic intervention, as health promoters, preventing disease and building a healthy society, where raising these experiences is also educating for citizenship with repercussions for social cohesion.
It is also supported by specific objectives, which embody the training sessions, where it is intended that students acquire knowledge about: the survival chain; the basic life support sequence algorithm, approaching an unconscious victim; perform compressions and insufflations and place an unconscious victim in a lateral safety position.

Within the scope of teaching activities, the team is formed by the project coordinator who is present in the training, 3 Alumni nurses and 6 students from the Nursing Graduation Course.
The introduction of students, professors as nurses and professors at the UCP, aims, at the beginning of the session, to promote and publicize the Nursing Graduation Course, emphasizing the proximity and quality teaching that has characterized the institution over the years.
These trainings have a theoretical component and a practical training component, supervised by the trainers, with an average duration of 90 minutes.
Within the scope of community outreach activities, we assume that this project is a provision of services to the community, integrated into the Catholic Nursing Center.
The Catholic Nursing Center is a structure that brings together community outreach projects and promotes the activities of nursing services. The provision of Nursing services includes the provision of care, training activities, and scientific and technical assistance within the scope of Community Extension Projects.

Country: Portugal

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Email: adoroftei@ucp.pt

# of students: 2

Interaction with beneficiaries: Mixed

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Medicine and Health

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Quality education | Peace, justice and strong institutions