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Would you save a stranger?

6 April 2009

A woman gives rescue breaths to a man after an accidentLayton Thompson

A Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary on 2 April asked the important question – Would you save a stranger? – by looking at real-life violent incidents and the public’s reaction to them. Would they act to help someone in crisis or stand by and do nothing?

The British Red Cross recommends not endangering yourself in an emergency situation but acting when and where you can. With just some basic first aid skills, you could actually save someone's life. 

And even if you have no first aid training, calling the emergency services or comforting someone who is hurt is taking action that can make a huge difference.

Life-saving skills

Comforting someone helps to reduce the distress that they may be feeling. Considering a casualty’s emotional and practical needs as well as their physical needs is part of the British Red Cross' new ‘psychosocial’ training.

It involves learning how to remain calm and assess risk in an emergency so that you can think clearly, plan and take appropriate action. The Red Cross is the only organisation to promote ‘psychosocial’ training as a key part of its first aid courses.

So why not get involved? The Red Cross offers a variety of first aid training courses – as well as videos, audio downloads and books – to help you learn basic life-saving skills.

Find out about first aid training

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