Teach basic life support in all schools
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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death Worldwide (American Heart Association). The current UK Resuscitation Council Guidelines "Chain of Survival" suggests early activation of emergency responders, early CPR, rapid defibrillation and post-resuscitation care to be the most effective way of surviving cardiac arrest.
Understanding when to call for an ambulance and performing basic life support are key to saving lives, yet this is not being taught as part of school curriculum.
Children represent the future of our society; teaching them basic life support at an early age could result in a future where everybody gets the best chance at survival from cardiac arrest. I implore the governments and teaching bodies to make basic first aid common knowledge within all school-aged children.
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