We thought we’d pass on the news that ITV will this week be airing a one-off special documentary on First Aid in Britain. As far as we know, the programme How to Save a Life will explore the issues surrounding the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates, looking at bystander CPR problems and whether life-saving skills should be taught in schools. We know that ITV recorded an interview with Dr Andy Lockey, from the Resuscitation Council (UK) and also did some filming in a Norwegian school (where training is mandatory and survival rates are higher).
The programme comes as a result of a Radio 4 feature that discussed the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to get Emergency Life Saving Techniques added as a mandatory part of the school curriculum. Following the popularity of the report, the BHF were approached by ITV producers who wanted to put together a documentary that explored this issue further.
We are very supportive of the campaign to make Emergency Life Support a mandatory part of the school curriculum and we hope that the programme raises awareness in this subject.
How to Save a Life airs on Thursday 7th February at 7.30pm on ITV1.