LONDON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Professional work funds Pulse Medic Services' community action
A team of nurses is turning communities across the UK into lifesavers - and a lot more.
In the last 12 months, Pulse Medic Services has trained around 600 professionals and thousands of ordinary people to deliver the vital skills that can mean the difference between life and death. Concentrating on techniques such as CPR, which can double someone's chances of survival if they suffer a heart attack, and dealing with choking and serious bleeding, the programs are providing people with the emergency skills they need to save a life.
Pulse Medic team leader Martin Anderson said: "Unfortunately, up to 150,000 people die every year in situations where First Aid could have given them the chance to live.
"We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to learn the skills - and just as importantly, gain the confidence - to help in an emergency."
The London-based group is more than a First Aid training and consultancy company. Its remit is to train everyone in key skills as well as First Aid in the workplace and the community. Its work includes research and development with two universities and teaching resuscitation techniques to staff at NHS hospitals around the UK.
"Our trainers are also instructors in nationally recognised resuscitation training programs and are trained in advanced life support," said Martin.
"We're unique in that all our trainers are qualified medical staff who all work to the latest clinical practices, so the information we're passing on is at the cutting edge of current thinking."
Pulse Medic is now working to provide free emergency lifesaving training to people in London through the British Heart Foundation's accredited Heartstart program. Nationally, Heartstart has trained more than 2.6 million people in communities and schools around the country to know what to do if someone suffers a heart attack or has been seriously hurt.
Funded via its professional work, Pulse Medic trainers are delivering free sessions in and around the capital's King George's Hospital for people as young as 10. The two-hour courses are practical and interactive, so those who attend come away with the confidence to assess an unconscious person and provide them with potentially lifesaving help.
Martin said: "Time really is of the essence in many medical emergencies and the more people who know what to do means that more people will survive until the professional emergency services arrive.
"Our professional work means that we are able to deliver this free community training, which is at the heart of what we do."
SOURCE The Pulse Medic Project