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Take heart - new schools will all get defibrillators, supported by Michael Gove

Take heart - new schools will all get defibrillators, supported by Michael Gove | First Aid Training | Scoop.it

ALL new schools are to be equipped with life-saving defibrillators to cut the number of child heart deaths.

The move, supported by Education Secretary Michael Gove, will be announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget later this month.

More than 270 pupils die after suffering heart attacks at school every year but, according to charity SADS, only 80 of 30,000 schools have automated external defibrillators, which cost £1,500.

Sick youngsters given an electric shock to the heart with the life-saving devices are 50 per cent more likely to survive a coronary than those who have to wait for an ambulance. The odds in rural areas are 75 per cent.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Conservative MP Andrew Percy, a trained first responder who has helped raise funds to buy defibrillators for six schools in his Brigg and Goole constituency. It is backed by the British Heart Foundation, Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Oliver King Foundation.

Mr Percy told the Sunday Express: “It is a national scandal that children are dying unnecessarily in this country because there are not enough public access defibrillators. A relatively small one-off investment could have a lasting legacy, which is why for me it is a complete no-brainer.”

Oliver King was just 12 when he died of a cardiac arrest while taking part in a school swimming race in 2011.

A year after Oliver’s death his family set up the Oliver King Foundation, which wants to see defibrillators installed in all schools, sports centres and other public buildings.

Oliver’s father, Mark, said: “We are losing children who are fit and healthy every week to cardiac arrests.

“When my own son died we waited more than 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and it was a seven-minute journey to hospital. I know that had there been a defibrillator on site, he would be here today.

“My question to the Government is why is there a postcode lottery with ­children’s lives with there being defibrillators at some schools and not others?”

 

 

ALL new schools are to be equipped with life-saving defibrillators to cut the number of child heart deaths.By: Marco GiannangeliPublished: Sun, March 9, 2014   

Defibrillators will be supplied to schools to cut down child heart attack deaths [GETTY]

The move, supported by Education Secretary Michael Gove, will be announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget later this month.

More than 270 pupils die after suffering heart attacks at school every year but, according to charity Sads, only 80 of 30,000 schools have automated external defibrillators, which cost £1,500.

Sick youngsters given an electric shock to the heart with the life-saving devices are 50 per cent more likely to survive a coronary than those who have to wait for an ambulance. The odds in rural areas are 75 per cent.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Conservative MP Andrew Percy, a trained first responder who has helped raise funds to buy defibrillators for six schools in his Brigg and Goole constituency. It is backed by the British Heart Foundation, Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Oliver King Foundation.

Mr Percy told the Sunday Express: “It is a national scandal that children are dying unnecessarily in this country because there are not enough public access defibrillators. A relatively small one-off investment could have a lasting legacy, which is why for me it is a complete no-brainer.”

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Oliver King was just 12 when he died of a cardiac arrest while taking part in a school swimming race in 2011

Oliver King was just 12 when he died of a cardiac arrest while taking part in a school swimming race in 2011.

A year after Oliver’s death his family set up the Oliver King Foundation, which wants to see defibrillators installed in all schools, sports centres and other public buildings.

Oliver’s father, Mark, said: “We are losing children who are fit and healthy every week to cardiac arrests.

“When my own son died we waited more than 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and it was a seven-minute journey to hospital. I know that had there been a defibrillator on site, he would be here today.

“My question to the Government is why is there a postcode lottery with ­children’s lives with there being defibrillators at some schools and not others?”

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First Aid education could save thousands of lives a year, so why isn't it on the curriculum?

First Aid education could save thousands of lives a year, so why isn't it on the curriculum? | First Aid Training | Scoop.it

Who was your favourite teacher at school? The one who brought the Victorians to life or the one who made chemistry go off with a bang? Chances are they knew how to make their lessons exciting, relevant and inspiring. Of course, even top teachers need subjects that will get their pupils fired up – and few fit the bill like first aid. Importantly, this subject is also absolutely essential for us to build a more resilient and humane generation.

We know that emergencies can happen anywhere, but only seven per cent of people in the UK can correctly recall first aid advice and feel confident and willing to give first aid. Simple skills learned in just a few minutes – like what do if someone becomes unconscious – can save lives.

The Red Cross recommends that schools make life-saving skills and resilience building part of core subjects like science and PE. Our studies show that first aid lessons give young people life-saving skills and the confidence to use them.

Yet only 20 per cent of secondary school students in England and Wales say they have learned life-saving skills in the classroom and just 4 per cent of them would step up in aid of someone needing first aid assistance, according to an ICM poll in January.

This is why the British Red Cross has launched the Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver campaign, urging the Government to put these topics at the heart of England’s new national curriculum. It’s a call which can only succeed with as many members of the public as possible signing up to the e-campaign and making their voices heard.

Earlier this month, the Government announced draft plans for the new curriculum making no mention of first aid education at all. These proposals are now open to public consultation; and we have less than two months to shape the future lives of millions, by getting first aid into schools so every child can learn how save a life.

What is encouraging is that young people themselves are overtly keen to learn first aid. The ICM poll found that 94 per cent of secondary school students would feel more confident to help a friend or family member needing first aid if they received training. Additionally, 91 per cent of students would like to learn first aid in schools.

These numbers should be a massive wake up call for each and every one of us: teachers, parents, politicians and children themselves. First aid education must be more accessible in the classroom to build a generation of better citizens who possess life-saving skills. The evidence shows the UK needs to build a generation of lifesavers by teaching them first aid at school from primary school level.

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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 | Scoop.it

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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Denmark setting the bar for CPR! | CPR Professionals Blog

People who suffer a cardiac arrest in Denmark today are three times more likely to survive than a decade ago, thanks largely to a national effort to teach people CPR, a new study says.

Denmark launched a national effort in 2005 to teach its residents to perform CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in order to save people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital. The country gave out 150,000 instructional kits; kids began learning CPR as early as elementary school. Teens were required to learn CPR in order to get a driver’s license.

The results have been dramatic, say authors of a study in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. About 300,000 people in North America each year suffer a cardiac arrest, when the heart stops beating, outside of a hospital.

In Denmark, the number of cardiac arrest victims who received “bystander” CPR — from someone other than a health professional — more than doubled, from 22% in 2001 to 45% in 2010.

In the same time period, the percentage of cardiac arrest victims who arrived at a hospital alive increased from 8% to 22%.

The percentage of patients alive after 30 days tripled, growing from 3.5% to 11%. The percentage of patients alive after one year also more than tripled, from 3% in 2001 to 10% in 2010.

Those findings are impressive, says Michael Sayre, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Washington and a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

Although other studies have looked at smaller, community efforts to promote CPR, Sayre says the new study is striking because it involved an entire country.

Thanks to efforts by the heart association, Washington and a handful of other states now require students to take a CPR class before graduating from high school, Sayre says.

Still, study authors say that Denmark’s CPR initiative can’t take all of the credit for improving survival.

That’s because Denmark also made other important changes aimed at increasing survival after a heart attack, such as improving the care provided both by hospitals and emergency medical services.

“Teaching bystanders the importance of CPR can make a difference,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, director of the program on women and heart disease Lenox Hill Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute, in New York.

Performing CPR is actually easier than ever, Steinbaum says. That’s because the heart association now recommends a “hands-only” CPR procedure, in which bystanders concentrate on performing chest compressions, instead of alternating compressions with mouth-to-mouth breathing.

“Those who witness a cardiac arrest and start CPR can actually change the outcome of what happens to the victim,” she says.

 

 

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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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First Aid Training, equally helpful for everybody

Everybody gets ill regardless of how much he takes care of his health. Almost every family has some mature members that are ordinarily effected by various illnesses as a result of age facto such as diabetes, higher blood stress and so on. These men and women need added care 24 hrs every day. Moreover, they also need healthcare support a lot more frequently than standard men and women. In place of calling the medical professional yet again and yet again, you may monitor the health conditions of one's liked types by obtaining some training. Everybody lives for himself, why do not we reside for our liked types? You just have to get training in an effort to find out some basic factors about usually used healthcare treatments.

You will find certain schools and colleges which have made it compulsory for its college students to have first aid training which is surely a very good practice as this basic training enables them to serve the humanity in situation of any unexpected emergency. In case you have not been a part of such school unluckily then you definitely may perhaps nonetheless get this training from any healthcare institutes. You will find a huge number of healthcare institutes on the market and just about all of them are supplying first aid programs. This training is given to educate men and women how you can reach in unexpected emergency situations such as in situation of unexpected illness, any accident or some other unexpected occasion. A sizable number of life survival and health subjects are included in this training. Even though, this training can long for less than per week but its time period mostly vary from one healthcare institute towards the other depending on the factors to become covered within the training.

It is actually usually perceived this training is designed for nurses or other paramedic workers which is not truth. Any one of us may perhaps need first aid at anytime and often paramedical workers or unexpected emergency service can not reach you on time which may perhaps take your life o that of one's liked types. First aid studying programs support you to conquer these worst situations so it's extremely recommended to have this training advertisement also give it to your youngsters.

Aside from first aid you must also get CPR training as bulk from the sufferers lose period for brief period either as a result of shock from the accident or as a result of any significant damage. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids them in respiration. In this training, you are going to find out how you can conserve the life of other people by stabilizing their breather manually ahead of any equipments or healthcare workers reaches the patient.

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