Why first aid matters
We feel it is essential for our young people to learn basic first aid skills to give them the confidence to assist in the event of an emergency situation.
Administering simple first aid can prevent the injury from becoming serious or life threatening. It’s not difficult to understand the basic facts.
e.g. if someone burns or scalds themselves the treatment is to run the affected area under cold water for 20 minutes to allow the burn to cool down.
Only 16 per cent of people in the UK have the confidence and knowledge to help save someone’s life, and 8 in 10 adults wouldn’t know what to do if you or a loved one collapsed, were unresponsive and not breathing.
Only one in 20 people would know what to do in a first aid emergency, but up to 59 per cent of deaths from injury could have been prevented if first aid was given before the emergency medical services arrived
British Red Cross
How we teach first aid
As part of our I.M.P.S. session we teach the children basic first aid skills using an interactive film.
We show the children different scenarios and then ask a series of questions:
What has happened?
Why did it happen?
How can you prevent it from happening?
What are you going to do now it has happened?
Scenarios covered include:
Burns and scalds
Cuts and bleeding