First aid could help save a life

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE -

THE Tele is proud to launch a new cam­paign to­day, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sign up to take po­ten­tially life-sav­ing first aid cour­ses (see pages 4&5).

Yes­ter­day we told of the heroic ac­tions of post­woman Ni­cola John­son, who helped an un­con­scious woman in a multi by ad­min­is­ter­ing CPR un­til an am­bu­lance crew ar­rived, us­ing skills she had learned on a train­ing course. We also told the tragic tale ear­lier this week of how a de­liv­ery driver had bat­tled in vain to save a 60-year-old man after he had col­lapsed in a close.

Al­though these in­ci­dents had dif­fer­ent out­comes, they high­lighted to us the im­por­tance of be­ing able to of­fer help to some­one who has taken se­ri­ously ill.

Those few sec­onds or min­utes of sup­port un­til the pro­fes­sion­als ar­rive can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

But if you don’t know what to do when faced with such cir­cum­stances, it can be a hin­drance rather than a help.

And that’s why we want to call on all our read­ers to sign up to take a first aid course, giv­ing them the tools they need to of­fer as­sis­tance if faced with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing a friend, a fam­ily mem­ber or even a stranger.

As our cam­paign will high­light, a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions of­fer a range of dif­fer­ent types of train­ing in first aid — and each of them is as im­por­tant as the next one.

Even some ba­sic skills, such as be­ing able to put some­one in the re­cov­ery po­si­tion, can be vital in keep­ing a per­son alive.

Over the com­ing days we will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on where and when peo­ple can learn vital med­i­cal and first aid skills, and speak to the ex­perts on why it’s im­por­tant that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble Learn to be a Life­saver.

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