Tele launches drive to get folk involved in life-saving techniques
THETeleistodaylaunching a brand new drive to get people across Dundee and beyond trained up with lifesaving skills— by urging them to take part in a first aid course.
Our campaign, Learn to be a Lifesaver, has been inspired by the heroics of Dundee postie Nicola Johnson — who, as we told yesterday, helped save an unconscious woman by performing CPR on her.
Nicola discovered the woman — who wasn’t breathing— while doing her round at Adamson Court in Lochee a week ago.
She was only able to help her having learned basic medical skills.
Now, the Tele wants to encourage as many locals as possible to undergo basic first aid training by signing up to one of the many courses on offer — in the hope that, should someone need their help in an emergency, they’re ready to assist. People learn CPR techniques at Monifieth.The Tele has launched a campaign, Learn To Be a Lifesaver.
Over the coming days, our campaign will provide information on what courses are available where, and speak to the experts about why such skills are vital, in the hope that we can create a new wave of local lifesavers.
Nicola, 40, who learned first aid on a course run by the Red Cross, is backing to our campaign.
She said: “It was thanks to going on a first aid course a while back that I knew what to do when I found this unconscious woman.
“The more people that have this knowledge the better. I think the Tele’s campaign is fantastic.”
The British Red Cross itself is supporting the campaign, along with other organisations such as NHS Tayside, the ambulance and fire services, police youth volunteers, Heartstart Discovery, the British Red Cross, the British Heart Foundation, First Responders, Save a Life Scotland and Dundee Leisure and Culture.
Helen Brady, who helps run Heartstart courses in Dundee, said: “It’s vital that as many people as possible are trained in emergency life support, it really does help to save lives.
“Knowing what to do when someone collapses, often a loved one, is so important and buys vital time until the emergency services arrive.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “This incident in Dundee clearly demonstrates why bystander CPR is a vital part in the chain of survival, and we commend the first aider for the role she played. Early intervention of CPR can really help increase the chance of survival.”
Bryan Nelson, watch manager at Kingsway East fire station — which hosts first aid courses — told the Tele: “Anything that is being done