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British Red Cross respond to UK knife epidemic  

 Published on: 13th June 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

With the Stanmore and its surrounding areas currently suffering a severe knife crime epidemic, the British Red Cross page recently devised three simple steps to help someone who has been stabbed. 

Put pressure on the wound, call 999 and keep pressure on the wound until an ambulance arrives. 

If there is an object in the wound, do not remove it as this could make the bleeding a lot worse and apply pressure around it. 

If the person looks pale, feels cold and is dizzy, this is the physical response to an injury known as shock and could be life-threatening. 

If this is the case, continue to apply pressure to the wound and lie them down and life their feet higher than the rest of their body – this should increase the blood flow to their heart and brain. 

Spokeswomen for anti-knife crime charity Billy’s Wish, Katharine Harper, said: “I think its brilliant what the British Red Cross has done, its great that what I’m teaching becomes validated as when I’m giving kids and young adults information from an organisation they know, I think the message is understood more. 

“I mean it’s a sad reflection on where we are but it’s so important for kids and adults to know what to do.”

A spokesperson for Stanmore College said: “The rise in knife crime incidents is very worrying. It is common that deaths from knife crime involve Colleges, simply because of the large number of young people Colleges support. 

“Stanmore College is working with the community, alongside the police, local authorities and others, to ensure the safety of residents. A high-profile knife/drugs crime campaign has taken place across Harrow, and the College participated in voluntary screen and search activities.”

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