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Enhance Your First-Aid Knowledge

By devaki

If you remember, we had a first aid chapter in our Home Science lessons in our school days but the knowledge gradually is fades of our mind keeping just the few essentials one related to cuts and wounds. But what we forget is that these First-Aid knowledge can be of great help in reducing life risks.

A British charity has recently claimed that a wider knowledge of first aid techniques could save thousands of lives each year.

According to the St John Ambulance charity, 150,000 deaths each year, includes heart attacks, choking and severe bleeding, increasing the sense of necessity of first aiders on such occasions.

The charity, meeting the need of the hour, is offering a free pocket which it feels will boost the survival chances of many more patients.

World Health Organisation, has joined hands with the cause, which also says "bystander first aid' can make a difference and should be encouraged.

The charity's chief executive Sue Killen said, "We believe that anyone who needs first aid should receive it. Our latest research shows that's just not happening. We can't rely on other people to have the skills - everyone should take the responsibility to learn first aid themselves. Around 2,500 people die each year from a blocked airway, but if someone had known the recovery position, lives could have been saved."

Fotini Rozakeas, a cardiac nurse is of the opinion that it is very necessary for everyone have First Aid knowledge to save the person in a life threatening situations.

"Every year around 140,000 people have a heart attack and around one in three die before reaching hospital. Calling 999 promptly and knowing what to do in those crucial minutes can make a big difference to a person's chance of survival," says Fotini.
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Story first published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 12:33 [IST]
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