Tomorrow ITV will be airing a one-off special documentary on First Aid in Britain. As far as we know, the programme How to Save a Life will explore the issues surrounding the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates, looking at bystander CPR problems and whether life-saving skills should be taught in schools.
What would you do if someone collapsed in the street in front of you? Would you go to their aid? Would you know what to do? Each year in England and Wales, up to 140,000 people die in circumstances where basic first aid could have saved them. Fiona Foster meets Fabrice Muamba, the former Premier League footballer who survived a cardiac arrest – even though his heart stopped beating for over an hour. Fabrice now campaigns for first aid to be taught in all secondary schools. The first aid skills of three members of the public are put to the test, in an imaginary multiple-injury car crash.
We know that ITV recorded an interview with Qualsafe’s Medical Director, Dr Andy Lockey, from the Resuscitation Council (UK) and also did some filming in a Norwegian school (where training is mandatory and survival rates are higher). Qualsafe regulate all our courses here at Simply First Aid Training so you know you are getting the best quality first aid training.
The programme comes as a result of a Radio 4 feature that discussed the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to get Emergency Life Saving Techniques added as a mandatory part of the school curriculum. Following the popularity of the report, the BHF were approached by ITV producers who wanted to put together a documentary that explored this issue further.
The team here at Simply First Aid Training are very supportive of the campaign to make Emergency Life Support a mandatory part of the school curriculum and we hope that the programme raises awareness in this subject.
How to Save a Life airs on Thursday 7th February at 7:30pm on ITV1.
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