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First aid knowledge vital

13th April 2010

The St John Ambulance charity has launched a campaign to increase public knowledge of basic first aid skills.


The campaign concentrates on five health emergencies which cause 150,000 deaths annually in England and Wales.

The five emergencies are heart attacks, severe bleeding, choking, dealing with a person who is not breathing and dealing with an unconscious person.

The charity has compiled a free first aid guide which deals with the most common health emergencies. It believes that if more people knew about first aid then needless deaths could be prevented.

According to a poll carried out by the charity, the majority of people would not feel "confident" if they had to attempt first aid and a quarter would not do anything except wait for other people or an ambulance to arrive.

St John Ambulance chief executive Sue Killen said: "We believe that anyone who needs first aid should receive it. Our latest research shows that's just not happening. We can't rely on other people to have the skills - everyone should take the responsibility to learn first aid themselves."

"Around 2,500 people die each year from a blocked airway, but if someone had known the recovery position, lives could have been saved." 


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Monday 19th April 2010 @ 13:35

Surely it's about time that basic 1st aid is taught at school and added to the National Curriculum?! Every single person, leaving school at 16, should have this vital and basic knowledge.

A simple, 3-hour Emergency 1st Aid Response course would be cheap and easy to arrange. Or, better still, the 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work Course.

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