Villagers get to the heart of first aid

Villagers met at Pant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th September to take part in an Emergency Life Saving Skills course.

Run by the MedAid Services Community Initiative,  this free course was organised to provide local people with basic first aid skills which can be used to increase survival rates in an emergency situation.

Speaking at the event, Aden Walker from the MedAid Services Community Initiative said:

Basic skills in CPR and first aid is especially important in rural areas as an ambulance or other help could be many minutes away. That’s why we offer this community training.

During the course, participants learnt about emergency life support including dealing with unconscious and conscious casualties and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which is designed to increase the chances of survival for an unconscious patient. CPR is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions, designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until definitive treatment can stimulate the heart to start working again. This can increase the chance of survival as, as soon as someone stops breathing, their body stops getting the oxygen it needs to keep organs alive.

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCAs) occur at home and 20% in public places. Only about 20% of these are in a ‘shockable rhythm’ (i.e. treatable by a defibrillator) by the time an ambulance arrives. Survival is much more likely when a shockable rhythm is present. The proportion of people in a shockable rhythm could be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate and effective CPR from bystanders.

Therefore more immediate 999 calls and immediate effective CPR given by bystanders could increase the number of people who are given a chance of surviving.

Currently CPR is attempted in only 20% to 30% of cases following an out of hospital cardiac arrest. However, evidence suggests that where CPR is attempted, survival rates could be doubled.

Participants on the course also learnt about the role of publicly available defibrillators. These automated devices are used to shock a heart and bring it back into rhythm and are increasingly found in secure locations such as shops, village halls and sports facilities.

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council are looking to site two of these devices within the Parish as a benefit to the community and visitors to it. Fundraising to provide the money for their purchase and installation has already started and more information will be available soon.

If you would like to help MedAid Services Community Initiative offer more training sessions to the community, why not consider donating to them at


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