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Norfolk mother’s praise for ‘guardian angel’ whose first aid skills helped save four-week-old baby

Norfolk mother’s praise for ‘guardian angel’ whose first aid skills helped save four-week-old baby | First Aid Training |

A mother-of-three is urging people to have first aid training, after a “guardian angel” neighbour helped save the life of her four-week old baby when he stopped breathing.

Tina Westlake, 34, said her son Kane, now eight weeks old, “wouldn’t be here” were it not for the actions of 24-year-old Emily White who administered emergency first aid she had recently learnt and carried out CPR until paramedics arrived.

Kane stopped breathing after choking on milk after being laid down for a sleep at the family home in Foulsham, prompting a panic-striken Mrs Westlake to run out into the street to scream for help, carrying her son in her arms.

Neighbour Mrs White, who was on her way to pick her daughter Jorgie up from school, heard the screams and ran back to put into practice skills picked up at a course run by First Aid at Work Norfolk, based at Ringland Road in Taverham.

The mother-of-two, who went on the course to help her secure a job as a first-aider for Fakenham-based Med PTS, said the “excellent” training she received meant she was able to calmly deal with the unfolding emergency.

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First aid training will be compulsory for all nursery staff | Nursery World

First aid training will be compulsory for all nursery staff | Nursery World | First Aid Training |
The plans are in response to a campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose daughter Millie died after choking at a nursery in 2012.

More than 100,000 people signed the couple’s online petition calling for compulsory first aid training.

All Level 2 and Level 3 staff will be required to have an emergency paediatric first aid or a full paediatric first aid certificate if they are to count towards the staff-qualification ratios in the EYFS. Currently early years providers must have one first-aider on the premises at all times.

The emergency first aid training course would be equivalent to one day's training and will need to be refreshed by staff every three years to count towards the ratios.

The Thompsons have also given their backing to a new first aid certificate in memory of their daughter.

Early years settings will be able to display ‘Millie’s Mark’ as a sign of gold-standard provision.

The DfE will look into how this would be awarded and its scope, and the scheme is expected to run from early next year.

A consultation on the training proposals will take place during the next Parliament and they are expected to come into effect by September 2016.

The National Day Nurseries Association has also developed guidance and case studies with funding from the DfE.

The Government has also extended a special deal, previously only available to schools, to enable private and voluntary providers and out-of-school and holiday clubs, to buy defibrillators at a reduced cost.

Childcare and education minister Sam Gyimah said, ‘Today’s proposals will mean that thousands more staff will be able to respond to emergencies more quickly, making sure parents really can access the very best possible childcare choices for their families.

‘Not only will this help ensure children are safe while they learn, grow and develop, but it will also raise the quality and skills of the early years workforce to help them deal with day to day first aid issues such allergies and knowing when to call parents.’
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MPs back schools first-aid teaching - Regional - Lytham St Annes Express

South West MPs have backed a fellow MP's call for first-aid skills to be taught in schools.

Anne Marie Morris (Conservative, Newton Abbott) opened a backbench-led debate, saying skills would include learning how to perform CPR, place victims in the recovery position and clear an airway before paramedics or doctors arrived.

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon) told the Commons that better first-aid training could have saved his father's life, adding that training could be added to PE, biology or PSHE lessons - so long as it was added to the curriculum.

"I was in this position with my own father. Aged 12, my father collapsed, my attempts to help were at best muddled, passers-by then helped, and we all rely on people having that confidence to make a difference."

Labour's Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View) said she had used her first-aid training on several occasions.

She told MPs: "It is people's lack of knowledge which stops them doing even the basic checks."

Ms Morris said Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest and subsequent recovery show why schools should teach first-aid skills.

Muamba collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur in March, but survived after immediate medical help.

The near-tragedy sparked calls for youngsters to learn emergency life-saving skills as part of the National Curriculum - and Ms Morris said that knowing what to do would be popular with youngsters.

"The moment when this became front and foremost in everyone's thinking was when Fabrice Muamba very tragically collapsed on the pitch and, but for an individual coming on to the pitch who had those skills, he may not have survived as well as he has done."

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Calls for parents to receive first aid training | Westcountry - ITV News

Calls for parents to receive first aid training | Westcountry - ITV News | First Aid Training |
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CPR, First-Aid Training A Life-Saving Must For Parents

CPR, First-Aid Training A Life-Saving Must For Parents | First Aid Training |

We wish it didn't happen but it does.

A baby swallows a penny while playing with a wallet. A toddler slips under the pool's surface unnoticed for too long. A child gets a chunk of food stuck in his throat during dinner time. I've experienced some of these moments with my two young sons. Thankfully, they've come out of the situations unharmed, but I was left utterly shaken.

I learned some lifesaving techniques during lifeguard training when I was a teenager, but that was more than 20 years ago. When an accident happens, do we know what to do? Should all parents refresh our past knowledge and be comfortable with at-home lifesaving techniques?

"Every family should have somebody trained in basic first aid and CPR skills," says Paul Shipman, spokesperson for the American Red Cross in Connecticut, which teaches approximately 120,000 people each year in a variety of safety procedures. The "basic level" class for the "average everyday responder" is offered all around the state each month and results in a certification that is valid for two years. Joe Lodge teaches the 3-1/2 class and says parents shouldn't put it off because we are too busy.

"Bottom line is, yes, you should make the time," he says. "Some of parents' natural instincts are a lot of what we do teach when it comes to choking situations," but it's important for us to know the proper technique of five back blows followed by five abdominal thrusts so that we don't cause further damage.

The class also covers both adult and infant CPR, which begins with a sequence called: "check, call, care."

Often during an emergency, onlookers shy away from getting involved. "One of the top fears that people have for barriers are usually not knowing exactly what to do or making the situation worse," says Lodge, who believes that learning solid steps will offset feelings of panic. Lodge, a teacher for 12 years, leads his students through a repetitive pattern of 30 chest compressions and two subsequent rescue breaths on adult and baby mannequins.

"Just enough to make the chest rise," says Lodge, as he watches his students find a pace that could keep a body alive and prevent brain damage. He also introduces an AED — automated external defibrillator — which can now be found in many public places. While it appears daunting, with sticky pads and plugs, this talking machine literally walks users through commands to restore heart rhythm with electric shock. Free, printable brochures and a new smartphone app, both available at, should be reviewed each month so techniques remain familiar.

I participated in an evening session and feel so much more prepared to tackle any unforeseen emergency involving my loved ones.

"A few hours of training can really make a lifesaving difference," says Shipman. We make plans for fires and storms. We protect our homes with alarms and fences. Why not take precautions to keep our kids' bodies safe as well?

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10-year-old trained in first aid saves friend from choking in Goose Creek

10-year-old trained in first aid saves friend from choking in Goose Creek | First Aid Training |

It started off like any other normal after-school afternoon.

Skylar Mills and Katelyn Palmer were playing outside in their Goose Creek neighborhood. It was mid-May, just weeks away from the academic year’s end at Westview Elementary.

The girls were sharing powdered doughnuts, those white-sugar and refined-flour sweets from a paper Hostess bag. But then, Katelyn started panicking. She couldn’t talk or breathe. A piece of the doughnut was lodged in her throat.

Skylar jumped into action. She stood behind her friend, wrapped her arms around Katelyn’s torso and performed the Heimlich maneuver to clear her airway. The doughnut popped back up and Katelyn spit it out.

“I guess I didn’t chew it down all the way,” the now-11-year-old said. “I was kind of, like, terrified, but I went back inside and got some water.”

Lucky for Katelyn, Skylar is a trained lifesaver. The Heimlich maneuver wasn’t some cool trick she picked up from an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Trauma: Life in the ER,” two of her favorite TV shows.

Skylar, only 10 years old at the time, happens to be the youngest student ever trained in the technique through one of Trident Health’s community education classes. She completed the three-hour first-aid and CPR course last fall.

She never anticipated she would need to rely on that training in real life, but as soon as Katelyn couldn’t breath, Skylar said she knew what to do. “I went behind her and started squeezing her stomach like they told me to do at the Trident Medical Center,” she said.

More than 12,000 children are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal choking episodes, according to a study published in 2013 by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Improved surveillance, food labeling and redesign, and public education are strategies that can help reduce pediatric food choking,” the report’s authors wrote.

Those tips could save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate nearly 60 children die from choking each year.

Katelyn didn’t go to the hospital, in fact, her mom had a hard time believing her story at first, but the scare underscores how basic first aid techniques sometimes make the difference between life and death. Permanent brain damage from choking sets in within four to six minutes.

The National Safety Council says 25 percent of all trips to the emergency room could be spared with basic first aid and CPR certification.

Skylar’s mom, Jewel Baker, said her daughter willingly signed up for the class at Trident Medical Center because she’s always been interested in emergency medicine.

“She always asks me about my day,” said Baker, a nurse at Centre Point Emergency in North Charleston, which is owned by Trident Health.

Baker said $20 seemed like a small price to pay for the hospital’s first aid course, which is offered periodically throughout the year. Baker figured it might come in handy when Skylar starts babysitting.

“She said she wanted to do it. I said as long as she could perform the skills, she could do it,” Baker said. “I dropped her off for three hours and I came back. They thought she was older than 10.”

The instructor couldn’t believe how young Skylar really was, Baker said. “She said she was amazed that she’s only 10 and she could do it.”

Despite the events of that dramatic afternoon last month, Skylar and Katelyn look like their lives have returned to normal. In fact, they recounted their story to The Post and Courier with typical tween nonchalance.

Katelyn admitted she might want to take a first-aid class herself. She worries she wouldn’t know what to do if her little brother ever started choking.

Skylar, meanwhile, has her sights set on a long-term goal.

“I want to be an emergency surgeon doctor.”

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Hero son saves mum from choking on pea with first aid he learnt at summer camp days earlier

Hero son saves mum from choking on pea with first aid he learnt at summer camp days earlier | First Aid Training |

Mum Cherie was having dinner with her nine-year-old son Kayne when a pea blocked her airway

9 year old Kayne Holden with mum Cherie Briggs at their home in Bingley West YorkshireSWNS

A choking mum was saved by her son of nine the day after he learned first aid at a police summer camp.

Cherie Briggs, 38, was having dinner with Kayne Holden and his 19-month-old brother Red when a pea blocked her airway.

She said: “I started to choke and couldn’t get air from anywhere. I pointed at my back and looked at Kayne.”

The boy slapped her between the shoulder blades to try to force air out of her lungs to dislodge the food.

When that failed to work he put his arms around her then pulled his fist upwards into her abdomen — the emergency Heimlich manoeuvre — forcing her to cough out the pea.

He cried as he turned to her and said: “If I hadn’t learnt that on Monday, I wouldn’t have a mummy.”

Kayne, of Bingley, West  Yorkshire, spent a week learning about emergencies at the camp.

Cherie said: “It was extraordinary timing.”

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Should first aid training in schools should be compulsory? - News - Education Executive

Should first aid training in schools should be compulsory? - News - Education Executive | First Aid Training |

According to St. John’s Ambulance, 140,000 people in the UK die each year in situations where first aid could have saved them. Could making first aid education in schools compulsory reduce this number?

In a survey of more than 1,500 school children, 70% said they would not know how to help in an emergency and 80% said that they would feel safer if they had some first aid knowledge.

First aid is a mandatory subject for Welsh and Northern Ireland pupils, but in England and Scotland it is only an option within the curriculum. 83% of primary school teachers who responded to the survey said they would like first aid lessons, but less than one in five schools currently provide them.

The Government has previously stated it aimed to bring first aid education into England by 2011, however this has yet to come into fruition.

Paul Hosking, MD at Aid Training commented: “There aren’t enough first aiders in the UK, only 7% of the UK population can recall first aid advice. If children are taught first aid from an early age and throughout education they could one day be able to save a life.”

Around 2,500 people die each year from a blocked airway, preventable by putting the person into the recovery position. The British Red Cross estimates that of the 5.5 million people who visit A&E each year due to an accident, about 3 million have injuries that would have benefitted from some form of first aid treatment.

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Baby first aid: parents to the rescue

Baby first aid: parents to the rescue | First Aid Training |

"I was driving recently when a strangled gurgle erupted from the rear seat, where my eight-month-old daughter Esme might have been choking to death. This guttural "uurrrgh-blurrgh" continued for a heart-stopping second before she returned to her happy "ah-ba-ba-ba" song but I was shaken up by the incident to the extent that I signed up for a first aid course."

For many of us, first aid knowledge is a bit like our recall of amazing scientific facts down the pub – bewilderingly vague. I never really gave my ignorance a second thought until I realised that as a father of twins it would be horrific if something went wrong and I couldn't do anything about it.

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NJ Babysitter Draws On First Aid Training To Save Choking Child - CBS New York

NJ Babysitter Draws On First Aid Training To Save Choking Child - CBS New York | First Aid Training |
Babysitter Anna Reid, 15, was feeding 3-year-old Lia Simitz pizza when the toddler took a bite too big and a piece was lodged in her throat.
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