Yes I know I keep on banging on about First Aid and the need for all of us to learn at least some techniques. But, can I be truthful, it is really important.
Today I would like to share this very useful infographic entitled ‘How to Perform CPR on an Adult’.
The NHS explain CPR as “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped. Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body.”
Sp please read and share. As I say – you could save a life.
With the launch of their Shop to Save Lives app, St John Ambulance has joined the ranks of charities such as Cancer Research UK, Save the Children and Shelter in giving supporters an easy way to generate donations from more than 1,800 online retailers.
By simply downloading the App SJA supporters can do their normal online shopping with retailers as varied as Amazon and iTunes to M&S and Tesco. In turn the retailer will donate to St John Ambulance – at no cost to the shopper. With no need to sign-up or share any personal details, it really is as easy as ‘You shop. Stores donate. SJA saves lives.’
“I really hope our staff, volunteers and supporters will download the App and enjoy knowing that every time they shop online they are helping SJA do more of what we do well – teaching people to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved” says Anthony Davison of the SJA Fundraising Team.
Providing more ways to shop and raise funds for SJA will be a focus for fundraising throughout 2015 and a new page is soon to be launched on the SJA website to promote other opportunities. “We’re working with some great brands to negotiate discounts and deals which will benefit our volunteers and supporters at the same time as creating new income for the charity. It’s about leveraging our strength as a charity, with an army of volunteers and loyal supporters, to shop as usual – but with companies that are going to help SJA financially” explains Anthony.
We at PatientTalk.Org are strong supporters of as many people as possible receiving first aid training.
St John Ambulance have produced a number of cases studies which we feel show that value of formal training. Today’s example looks at choking.
Andy Cave, 35, experienced every parent’s fear when his young daughter choked on a coin in November 2013 but he drew on skills he’d learned just weeks before to save her.
Three-year-old Keerah had been playing with her money-box when suddenly she started to struggle. As she began to turn pale, Andy began to perform first aid on his daughter. After three back slaps, the coin eventually dislodged, clearing Keerah’s airway and saving her life. Following the incident, Andy reached out to his friends on social media, encouraging them to learn first aid. Since his experience, he believes all parents should be taught basic life saving skills that he said helped him to deal with an incredibly scary situation.