ITV Tonight encourages members of the public to learn the
skills to save a life
Thousands of lives could be saved every
year if members of the public knew even basic first aid, concluded
last night’s ITV Tonight programme.
St John Ambulance’s Heather
Arrowsmith featured in the documentary on 7 February, to
discuss why members of the public may be reluctant
to intervene in an emergency situation, and just how vital basic
life saving skills can be. Current figures show that bystander
intervention can have a profound effect on the chance of survival
of somebody who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest.
In the UK, a person who experiences a
cardiac arrest in the street has just an 18% chance of
survival, whereas in Norway, where first
aid education has been an important part of everyone’s lives from
an early age, that figure rises to over 50%.
The documentary also featured first aid
training in schools and supported a call to make first aid in
schools mandatory. Robyn Cooke, 14, was also
interviewed by ITV, after she was able to save the
life of her friend Megan because of the
first aid she learnt with SJA at her primary
Each year, up to 140,000 people die in
situations where first aid could have given them a chance to life.
St John Ambulance wants to encourage as many people as possible to
learn essential first aid, either through a
first aid course or by using one of our
free resources such as the St John
Ambulance free first aid app or our easy to follow first aid