It is no secret we are in full support of any scheme that educates members of the public in all important first aid skills and we were really excited this week to read that the Welsh Government also share our passion in this regard.
It has been reported in the South Wales Argus that the Welsh Government have developed an exciting new scheme aiming to improve access to CPR training and training on the use of defibrillators. 'Save a Life Cymru' looks to create a 'chain of survival' to increase survival rates of those suffering cardiac arrest and will be actively targeting groups already teaching CPR to the community. Importantly, this campaign is being backed by £586,000 of Welsh Government funding which is sure to make a huge difference.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething highlights the important gap this scheme will fill by expressing, on estimate, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest out of hospital decreases 10% with every passing minute. These are sad facts but do not have to be accepted, sharing knowledge and skills helps to strengthen communities and save lives. Not only learning the necessary skills to help those in need but having the confidence to put the skills learnt into practice, really is the key to success.
It is clear the Welsh have first aid skills at the forefront of their agenda as it was only last year the 'Restart a Heart' and 'Shoctober' campaigns by the Welsh Ambulance Service were responsible for teaching almost 13,000 school children CPR. This newest campaign takes the next step in their all-important efforts to boost first aid education.
A government backing this kind of educational scheme is a huge step, not only are they spreading awareness through the media but they are also putting their hands in their pockets and taking action to really help make a difference. We sincerely hope this is a sign of things to come and such an impressive approach will eventually find its way across the English / Welsh border, watch this space.
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