MSP: teach pupils life saving techniques

WOULD your child know how to save a life using first aid techniques if they had to?

This is a question Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson wants every pupil in Scotland to be able to say yes to after pledging his support for Emergency Life Support (ELS) to be taught in all Scottish schools.

Mr Paterson gave his backing to the campaign at the Scottish National Party conference, where he met with British Heart Foundation Scotland and other partners.

He said: “This is an idea which could put thousands of new lifesavers on the streets each year. Every second counts in an emergency so making ELS part of our children’s education could mean the difference between life and death.”

There are around 25 cardiac arrest calls each day in Scotland to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“The survival rate from out of hospital cardiac arrest in parts of Scotland is estimated to be less than one in a hundred, however, prompt CPR can buy time before professional help arrives and can dramatically improve the chance of survival.”