Pupils must become life-savers, Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, tells Commons

NORTH Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson recently spoke in Parliament to call for emergency life saving (ELS) skills to be taught in schools.

Mr Tomlinson said 60,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital for which only between two and 12 per cent survive, but in countries like Norway where there is compulsory ELS in schools, the survival rate is as high as 52 per cent.

He told the Commons: “The debate is essential, because we are talking about creating the next generation of life-savers.

“The survival rates in this country are disgracefully low – between two per cent and 12 per cent – which means that approximately 55,000 people a year will die from a cardiac arrest. About half of those are, in theory, able to get help through the ambulance service, but on average it takes approximately six to 12 minutes for an emergency ambulance to reach a critically ill patient.

“For every minute that passes, the chance of survival falls by 10 per cent.

“However, if CPR is given immediately, survival rates increase threefold.

“The great shame is that most people are simply not able to help. For about half of the 60,000, there are witnesses on hand who could help, but most either do not have the skills or lack the confidence even to try something. By training and educating individuals, we can radically alter the situation.”

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12:45pm Wed 28 Nov 12

scottwichall says...

What about insurance cover to protect lifesavers if they crack or break ribs whilst saving someone's life?

Ambulance chasing lawyers will pursue a court case and win, its happened before and will happen again.

I have full training on CPR, but I would be reluctant to help someone due to fear of being sued if I make the slightest mistake.

That is the society we live in, and whilst the aims of Mr Tomlinson are laudable, unless protection is put in place for lifesavers from frivolous court cases I do not think it can work.

Personally, if someone saved my life, I would their friend for the rest of my life, as you can be given no bigger gift than a second chance.
What about insurance cover to protect lifesavers if they crack or break ribs whilst saving someone's life? Ambulance chasing lawyers will pursue a court case and win, its happened before and will happen again. I have full training on CPR, but I would be reluctant to help someone due to fear of being sued if I make the slightest mistake. That is the society we live in, and whilst the aims of Mr Tomlinson are laudable, unless protection is put in place for lifesavers from frivolous court cases I do not think it can work. Personally, if someone saved my life, I would their friend for the rest of my life, as you can be given no bigger gift than a second chance. scottwichall

4:58pm Wed 28 Nov 12

PaulD says...

scottwichall wrote:
What about insurance cover to protect lifesavers if they crack or break ribs whilst saving someone's life?

Ambulance chasing lawyers will pursue a court case and win, its happened before and will happen again.

I have full training on CPR, but I would be reluctant to help someone due to fear of being sued if I make the slightest mistake.

That is the society we live in, and whilst the aims of Mr Tomlinson are laudable, unless protection is put in place for lifesavers from frivolous court cases I do not think it can work.

Personally, if someone saved my life, I would their friend for the rest of my life, as you can be given no bigger gift than a second chance.
This isn't the case...

http://www.reactfirs
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First Aiders need have no fear of being sued. You are taught this on first aid courses.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: What about insurance cover to protect lifesavers if they crack or break ribs whilst saving someone's life? Ambulance chasing lawyers will pursue a court case and win, its happened before and will happen again. I have full training on CPR, but I would be reluctant to help someone due to fear of being sued if I make the slightest mistake. That is the society we live in, and whilst the aims of Mr Tomlinson are laudable, unless protection is put in place for lifesavers from frivolous court cases I do not think it can work. Personally, if someone saved my life, I would their friend for the rest of my life, as you can be given no bigger gift than a second chance.[/p][/quote]This isn't the case... http://www.reactfirs t.co.uk/live/tips8.a sp First Aiders need have no fear of being sued. You are taught this on first aid courses. PaulD

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