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Making the Difference

A more cheerful post after the ones of late.
I'm a member of St John Ambulance in Oxford - it's my main "hobby", and I thoroughly enjoy it.  At the moment, they're running a big drive called "The Difference" - it's part fundraising, part awareness-raising, and part encouraging people to learn first aid, so that they could be "the difference" between life and death for someone.
As part of this, St John Oxfordshire has been chosen as BBC Oxford's charity during their 40th birthday celebrations.  They're hoping to raise at least £60,000 to pay for a new 4x4 ambulance.  As part of this, we are going to attempt to break the world record for the largest first aid training session.  If you're near Oxford on 4th December, and fancy joining in please sign up - you only have to raise a tenner, and you'll be taught basic first aid and get a certificate and a first aid booklet to take home.

As my divisional officer is also one of the county officers for training, she had the joy of teaching BBC Radio Oxford's breakfast show presenter CPR this morning, live on air.  It's up on the iplayer for the next 7 days, so have a listen - the sound effects are great, particularly him singing "Nellie the Elephant":
iPlayer - 1 hour and 6 minutes in

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pozorvlak
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
I like the alternative of using "Another One Bites The Dust" (or, more optimistically, "Staying Alive").
susannahf
Jan. 21st, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I still find "Nellie" the best for me - I know that a chorus is 15 compressions, so 2 is 30, which is the number you do between each breath in the current protocol* Another tune that works is "Barwick Green" (aka the Archers theme tune). However, it is not advisable to sing or hum any of these out loud while actually doing CPR, or you are liable to look like a nutter ;)

*assuming you aren't doing compression-only CPR, where you don't have to keep track of numbers. The jury is out on which is best in which situation, but either is better than nothing!
(no subject) - fagedeco - Apr. 8th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
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