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Teach Children How to Save Lives

Wednesday 18th May 2011

All students should be taught how to save a life say charities who are urging the government to add Emergency Life Support to the national curriculum

A new survey revealed today that over half of children are powerless to help someone who may have collapsed in the street, even though over three-quarters would want to be able to help. The survey also revealed overwhelming support from both teachers and parents for children learning Emergency Life Support in schools as part of the curriculum. More than four in five teachers believe it should be taught at school and most parents agree.

ELS skills include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which can help someone who’s had a cardiac arrest, and how to deal with an unconscious person, serious bleeding, choking and heart attacks. Latest figures show that in 2007 around 100,000 people had a heart attack in England. Thirty thousand people each year in the UK have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital and nearly half of these are witnessed by members of the public. Less than one in 10 victims survive to be discharged from hospital.

ELS skills take just two hours to learn and if those two hours were repeated every year at school it would help to equip every young person with the knowledge of how to save a life.

The British Red Cross offer free teaching resources based on their First Aid campaign; Life. Live it encourages young people to learn life-saving skills – whether with friends or at school so they’re better able to cope in an emergency. They also have free teaching resources for school children aged 5-11 and 11 to 16 year olds too that is a specially designed kit that allows educators with no previous first aid experience to teach life-saving skills to young people.


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