Chance to learn life-saving skills

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East Midlands Ambulance Service is offering free Emergency Life-saving Skills training to people living in Buxton so more lives can be saved in an emergency.

The course - an initiative coordinated by the British Heart Foundation - teaches members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency – simple skills that save lives.

It includes how to recognise a heart attack, how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking, serious bleeding and an unconscious casualty.

Annie Palmer, EMAS Membership Manager, will lead the course.

She said: “Everyone has a role to play in an emergency and giving first aid within the first few minutes of an incident can literally mean the difference between life and death.

“Most cardiac arrests occur out-of-hospital and survival is more likely if each link in the ‘chain of survival’ is strong.

“Having people in rural areas, communities with poor road networks or traffic congestion, and where large crowds gather, are all places where people trained in emergency life-saving skills are needed the most.

“Nationally ambulance services are required to get to 75 per cent of life-threatening emergencies within eight minutes of the call being picked up.

“However, when it comes to cardiac arrest, seconds count so if you can do CPR you can buy the time needed for our ambulance crews to arrive and save the life of your loved one.

“Being able to do CPR more than doubles their chance of survival.”

The free Emergency Life-saving Skills course is taking place on Saturday May 11, from 11.30am to 1.30pm at Buxton Library, on Kents Bank Road.

A Chest Pains workshop is also available on the same day from 9.15am to 11am.

Places on the course are limited, so people are advised to book their place as soon as possible by calling 0115 884 5253 or emailing ftmembers@emas.nhs.uk.