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Coventry hosts life-saving contest.

FIRST aiders from across the country converged on Coventry last month for a competition in life-saving techniques.

About 30 competitors, ranging from novices to national and international champions, were challenged to develop their skills in unknown scenarios at the Spencer Club in Earlsdon.

Teams consisting of two people took part in an eight-minute pairs test and two six minute individual tests during the event organised by first aider Martin Joyce, of Allesley Park, and volunteers from around the region.

It was sponsored by Royal Mail and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU).

The fictitious scenario for the pairs test was a barbecue on a warm day when too much celebrating led to a man dancing on a table, falling off breaking his femur and spraining his ankle.

Another casualty was showing signs of alcohol poisoning and dehydration leading to cramp.

One test involved adult resuscitation and later a choking baby.

A further test had a casualty complaining of flu, which was really meningitis, leading to a seizure.

The event overall was won by national and international champions, Hayley Bearings engineering group from Yorkshire.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 16, 2012
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