Category ELS skills

Teach our children to become lifesavers

Sign the petition at the BHF to persuade politicians in the United Kingdom to add ELS skills to the National Curriculum to be taught in schools!

What are ELS skills I hear you ask? I’m glad you asked, ELS stands for Emergency Life Support skills. These skills will enable young people to help others in varying medical emergencies.

An incredibly important ELS skill is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). About 30,000 people each year in the United Kingdom will have a cardiac arrest and members of the public see roughly half of these. However, only 1 in 10 of these people will survive to be discharged from hospital after their arrest. If more people knew how to administer CPR, more people would leave the hospital alive after suffering a cardiac arrest.

How much time would it take to teach our children ELS? A tiny two hours a year is all that is needed to teach this subject that could be incorporated into existing subjects like P.E or Science. It’s incredibly simple to learn too!

For more information and to sign the petition for ELS skills to be taught in the classroom: BHF.