UWE’s own student paramedics prepare youths for their inevitable contact with drugs, alcohol, and knives. Using role play and videos they have been teaching school children what to do if someone they know is stabbed, or has a life threatening response to drugs or alcohol.
 
This year UWE began its first paramedic training course. The enrolled students are now taking an active role in young communities. They have become involved in theAim Higher Campaign. The campaign aims to teach young people about the dangers of drugs, knives and alcohol. Students are now going out to schools and teaching teenagers potentially life saving skills.
 
Student paramedics are ideally suited to teach students the skills they need to deal with increasingly dangerous youth culture. Having themselves witnesses the effects of knives and drugs only too often they know best the importance of the messages they are sending out.
 
Over the course of a day students will be teaching three workshops. They will be attending both schools and youth groups; since setting up the scheme they are in huge demand by both. The first workshop addresses knives teaching young people how to control bleeding and minimise shock while waiting for help. The second addresses the abuse of alcohol and teaches the recovery position. The third advises about drugs and teaches rescue breathing and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
 
There is a certain level of acceptance by the paramedics and organisers that some youths will carry knives take drugs or drink excessively. Teaching them what to when the inevitable happens however could save lives.
 
After having attended their first school it is clear that this is going to be a highly successful scheme.
 
Student paramedic Ben Adamson said, “It was great to see how the young people engaged in all the activities, they especially liked using make-up for artificial wounds and the subsequent wound dressing”.
 
There first visit was to Florence Brown Community school and the lessons proved popular with the children and school teachers. In particular teachers noted that the student’s excellent behaviour and confidence means that they provide excellent role models for the youths they come into contact with.
 
Gary Smart concluded, “Paramedics can be called to knife crime victims and young people who have overdosed on drugs or alcohol, or had a bad reaction to illegal drug use. Sometimes these people can die because those around them do not know simple first-aid or run away for fear of getting in to trouble with the Police.”
 
So far three more school visits have been arranged but with the possibility of many more to follow. From us at Western Eye we would just like to say keep up the good work.

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Student Paramedics -UWE News article