Kids teach lifesaving skills

children in northumbria learning how to use first aid kits

Children in Northumbria are being encouraged to teach life saving first aid skills in the home using a revolutionary new piece of equipment distributed by St John Ambulance.

The mini CPR skills kits are being handed out to youngsters who have already received training from St John Ambulance in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the emergency medical procedure for victims of cardiac arrest.

St John Ambulance Northumbria has a wide reaching youth and schools’ programme and hundreds of children each year take part in first aid courses and training schemes within their schools, where they learn how to prevent accidents, be aware of dangers and carry out first aid.

Now it’s hoped that by taking home the kits, including a disposable mini manikin and information dvd, they’ll be able to pass on their new-found knowledge to other members of their families, and spread their first aid skills wide into their communities.

Peter Lane, the Schools Liaison Officer for St John Ambulance Northumbria, explained: 'These new kits have been provided as part of St John Ambulance’s national commitment to ensuring that as many people as possible can use first aid.

This is the perfect opportunity for families to share a learning experience whilst increasing their awareness in essential first aid skills.

Peter Lane
Northumbria Schools Liaison Officer

'When someone is hurt, the first few minutes are vital and can be the difference between life and death for the casualty. If the person who is first on the scene, whether they be an adult or a child, can carry out first aid and summon help, the chance of recovery is massively increased.'

Peter works with children across Northumbria through the St John Ambulance Young first aider course and the three-part IMPS training scheme (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools.)

The YFA course teaches children a range of skills, from how to resuscitate a casualty to how to deal with poisons, asthma attacks, stings, burns, bites, broken bones, choking, chest pains, fainting, electric shocks and foreign objects. The IMPS scheme is a partnership run by Sunderland Primary Care Trust, St John Ambulance and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and looks at accident prevention and personal safety, as well as showing first hand how the emergency services respond if someone is hurt.

Peter Continued: 'We come into contact with hundreds of fantastic children who are like sponges – they soak up the first aid training and want to share everything they have learned. This is the perfect opportunity for families to share a learning experience whilst increasing their awareness in essential first aid skills.'