Alison Dewhurst & Ruth Smith
Gareth Hughes Year 9
Emergency Life Support Training
Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency? The skills of emergency life support (ELS) are simple and can save lives. ELS is the set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives.
They include performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking, serious bleeding and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.
Over 1.4 million people have been trained through the Heartstart UK initiative.
Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency: simple skills that can save lives.
It provides opportunities for people to learn the vital skills of ELS. Through Heartstart UK the BHF aims to strengthen the chain of survival by promoting and supporting ELS training in the community.
The benefit of CPR performed by a bystander in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is significant.
The most important factor determining survival after a cardiac arrest is the time from collapse of the casualty to de-fibrillation - performing CPR buys time and more than doubles the chances of survival. Through Heartstart UK the BHF aims to make training more widely available.
Affiliation to Heartstart UK
Affiliation is a way community schemes and schools teaching ELS can be associated with Heartstart UK and linked to each other: It does not give membership to the BHF.
Many of these schemes run Heartstart UK courses that are open to the public. Others teach specific groups like employees and heart patients. The course lasts for two hours and provides very practical ‘hands-on’ learning.
Heartstart UK in schools
Young people of ten years and over can attend a Heartstart UK course. However, some ELS skills like making a 999 call or can be learnt by much younger children.
Heartstart UK schools provide ELS training for pupils, usually as part of their curriculum.
The course can be delivered in two ways:
1. as a stand alone course for children of ten and over
2. as a staged programme starting with children as young as four or five years of age.