Supporting mandatory first aid training in primary schools
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Supporting mandatory first aid training in primary schools

Susan Campbell First aid trainer, Renfrewshire Health Education and First Aid Training, Houston, Renfrewshire

In the UK, voluntary organisations such as the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance have been advocating the compulsory inclusion of first aid education in the school curricula as a way of improving the outcomes for casualties following accidents or emergencies occurring in non-hospital settings. This article focuses on the rationale for teaching first aid to children, including potential benefits of and barriers to providing such education. Commencing first aid training in primary school children and updating skills regularly throughout life may give individuals the confidence to respond to emergency situations.

Nursing Standard. 27, 6, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.

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