CHILDREN SAVE LIVES
Kiwi children made more than 400 emergency 111 calls to St John in the 12 months to March and 321 of them related to lifethreatening and urgent situations such as cardiac arrest. Community Health Services director Sarah Manley said the results were heartening. ‘‘From our perspective, the fact that 410 children under 16 knew what number and service to call in an emergency is impressive,’’ she said. The ASB St John in Schools program had been taught to more than 270,000 pre-school and primary school students since 2015. More than 200 of the child 111 calls for an ambulance came from the Auckland region. Many of the callers described patients as having breathing problems, appearing unconscious, having chest pain, having fallen or suffering from a seizure.