CHIL­DREN SAVE LIVES

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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.

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