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I was taught how to give CPR or the old fashioned kiss of life as a boy scout when I was about nine or ten years of age.

Here is today's version by Mr Vincent Jones.

My question is would you save a life or would you just step back

 

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Hard to say. I suppose it depends on who else was there, who it was etc.

I was trained as a first aider about 10 years ago. The basics don't really change but things like checking for a pulse and the ratio of breaths to chest compression do.

I have heard (whilst on the course) horror stories of first aiders being sued because of what they did or did not do right.
 

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I'm trained in first aid so I'd try and help
 

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Based on the fact that I'm married to someone who teaches CPR to hospital staff, dentists and private companies. She used to be an A&E nurse, but now has a masters in training.
The answer would be... I'll let her do it, but if she's not around, I'd jump in.
We've got a defib in the house along with a reasonable first aid kit (we sometimes have to patch up mountain bikers who fall on the hill while waiting for paramedics to turn up)

Waiting for the ambulance to turn up can mean life or death to the victim, as for suing, it might happen in the US, but I'm not aware of any cases in the UK where someone was sued for trying to save a life.

The worst thing about being married to someone who knows about resus is that you can't watch any TV shows or films that have medical emergencies in them without being told what they are doing wrong.
One of the best bits is having a defib wired up to you to teach others how to use it. When you tell them it's not a demo machine, they tend to look a bit shocked that I'm happy to have a live machine connected up. Modern machines won't fire unless they need to - and they'll tell you what to do and how to do it.



Go on, save a life. It's not that difficult.
 

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I would feel obliged to try if there was nobody better qualified around. I did get shown how to do it as part of a single day's very basic first aid training some years ago and would hope to remember well enough to help.
 

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I could never 'walk on by' as I'm not that sort of person, but would move over once someone better arrived.

Have been fully trained in CRP, Basic First Aid and Basic Fire Fighting through work, albeit 3 years out of date now :eek:, but I would not feel confidient in an emergancy!
 

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You know what, I'm genuinely surprised at how many of us are trained to do CPR :D

Surprised in a good way :thumbs:
 

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if there was no one better around, I would like to think I would do whatever it takes... when a persons life hands in the balance there is no place for squeamishness or fear.

Having a 'mans' version of CPR that means you don't need to put your mouth near another person is frankly childish.
 

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...as for suing, it might happen in the US, but I'm not aware of any cases in the UK where someone was sued for trying to save a life.
Sue happy country or not, one must keep in mind that CPR is not used to save a life; it is used to try to resuscitate someone who is already dead.
 

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if there was no one better around, I would like to think I would do whatever it takes... when a persons life hands in the balance there is no place for squeamishness or fear.

Having a 'mans' version of CPR that means you don't need to put your mouth near another person is frankly childish.
Phil I think it's more about having a go, rather than kissing another person it's been said before on here, regardless of what you think of the advert if it saves a life it's been worth it.

and it's sponsored by the British Heart Foundation and they are not numpties ;)

Sue happy country or not, one must keep in mind that CPR is not used to save a life; it is used to try to resuscitate someone who is already dead.
Exactly :D

Pretty impressive poll, way over 82% either trained or would have a go, it makes me proud :thumbs:
 

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Sue happy country or not, one must keep in mind that CPR is not used to save a life; it is used to try to resuscitate someone who is already dead.
That had never occurred to me, the advert doesn't make it clear that the character played by Jones has actually killed the person. To me it makes the ad even more distasteful.However,it has put CPR into the public eye and therefore it serves it's purpose, It just didn't have to be like that.
For the record I would have tried it anyway, again from what I've seen on TV.
 

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I'm a trained first aider and have also done training in the use of AEDs which we have in all our offices / on our sites so would always step in to help.

There is also a great (free) app from the red cross which gives simple advice for a range of first aid issues - I would recommend anyone to try it out as you never know when it may be handy if you do panic and do go blank.


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Here is a link to the app http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/First-aid/Mobile-app
 

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That had never occurred to me, the advert doesn't make it clear that the character played by Jones has actually killed the person. To me it makes the ad even more distasteful.However,it has put CPR into the public eye and therefore it serves it's purpose, It just didn't have to be like that.
For the record I would have tried it anyway, again from what I've seen on TV.
Bonza, the advert is doing what it say's on the tin :)

I'm a trained first aider and have also done training in the use of AEDs which we have in all our offices / on our sites so would always step in to help.

There is also a great (free) app from the red cross which gives simple advice for a range of first aid issues - I would recommend anyone to try it out as you never know when it may be handy if you do panic and do go blank.


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Here is a link to the app First aid mobile app | British Red Cross
Brilliant app :)
How times have changed from when I was a lad :lol:
2p for the phone and real life hands on first aid training :thumbs:

Basic life saving first aid training should be taught at secondary school in my opinion :)
 
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