First Aid for Life on SKY News

a hard-hitting campaign has been launched urging parents to learn basic first-aid now please be warned that Mike McCarthy’s report contains video of the new adverts which does contain pictures of the child falling from a tree the powerful new advert from an award-winning director examines the moment a parent faces the panic and helplessness of trying to save his unconscious eyes she can be the difference between life and death but what she can’t do is be there every time it’s a situation that Siobhan Fullwood faced for real when her daughter Grace began to choke grace was sitting in the front room she was sucking a lollipop the lollipops came off its stick and stuck in a throat she came into the kitchen towards me and I could tell something was wrong straightaway and she wasn’t making any noises she was just very pale and I said is the lollipop stuck and she looked she just nodded so what I did instinctively even though hadn’t been trained is I slapped her on the back not in the right place unfortunately Siobhan admits that grace was saved through luck rather than any understanding of first aid many others are not so fortunate at land of plain Manchester parents know their kids are in a safe environment they ever thought what they would do in a first day of emergency my son had a bit it was several convulsion when when they overheat there’s nothing you can do about it when they’re having the fit what that frightened me so I did a course I would feel confident to go and help them because I’ll probably just make it worse oh so now I’m not really thoughts about it but we have been walking that would never had any real serious incidents with the children I think all together serious incident via gel then maybe you don’t think about doing a first-aid course as a result of her experience Siobhan decided to take a first-aid course far better st. John Ambulance than facing a lifetime of regret Mike McCarthy Sky News and joining us from Oster studio is a mohammed a nurse and first day trainer at first aid for life good morning to you so we see there it can mean the difference between life and death for those people in any doubt as to the importance of first aid skills what would you say I think it’s absolutely crucial a practical first aid training course makes a massive difference we have lots of people who come to us prompted by an accident that’s happened we’ve also had people that have come on our course and then have felt empowered afterwards and have had something happen and have written as fantastic letters to say thank you so it works both ways but it’s it’s very sad that it’s something going wrong or that feeling of helplessness that prompts people to contact us and do enough people have these skills do you think if we’re looking at the population then what sort of percentage do you think if people actually know what to do in an emergency actually scarily small proportion and there’s a lot of people that think they know things like burns and I mean the thing about first aid is that first aid is what you do in that first initial immediate moment and it’s knowing what to do then that makes the difference so things like burns actually knowing to put it straight under cool running water and keeping calm and having that knowledge so that you are able to do it is is an amazing feeling and it should be a very reassuring feeling and how important is it for people to keep up with these skills because people might say oh I’ve done the first-aid course and they may have done it at some point but would they actually be able to remember it at a crucial moment no it’s very very important it’s very important to keep your practical first day courses up to date and also to do some sort of an online or to have your book or whatever so do an online update in between as well as a practical update there nothing beats a practical first-aid course but some of the online elements and the way this and John talked you through the online and and we have online first aid com2 which makes a massive difference to just supporting that learning and keeping up to date if you’re not using it all the time and what are the most common emergencies that people could come across then what are the key things to people to remember things like choking knowing what to do if someone chokes knowing how to keep completely calm if someone’s choking and you panic as well it’s going to make it harder for them to breathe as well so knowing not to rush straight into the Heimlich maneuver as they do on telly because that can’t always be helpful so to do the firm back blows on the back knowing what to do with a burn knowing what to do initially if someone had a major bleed for example and knowing what to do with all that before you phone an ambulance know what to do and knowing what not to do if someone’s fallen from a major height knowing when to move them and when not to move them and what the crucial priorities are that you’re looking out for and all those need to be learnt from a practical first a course with properly qualified trainers who have actually used it as well and can answer questions talk around the subject and can really help you to understand why you’re doing it rather than learning it by rote and how often then should people be brushing up on these skills you were talking there about people going online and doing refresher courses but what would your advice be to people about how regularly that they should keep these skills up-to-date depends what they’re doing I’m enough so if you’re in a childcare setting at the minimum I would suggest that you should be doing a refresher course every year as well as your more in-depth course every three years the the brushing up on line isn’t adjunct it’s it’s something for parents to have as well just to keep it fresh in their mind the same as as flicking through your first aid manual and making sure that it stays fresh that it stays in your head so that if you’re in a panic situation your adrenalin kicks in and other things seem to leave you that you are able to remember that information and that it is firm enough into your into your brain that it comes naturally good advice thanks for joining us that’s a Muhammad there nurse and first aid trainer

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