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Nurse leads project to help young people at risk of knife crime

An emergency department sister is behind a project to teach life-saving skills to young people most at risk of serious violence in London
Image shows emergency nurse training students to treat young people affected by knife wounds

An emergency department sister is behind a project to teach life-saving skills to young people most at risk of serious violence in London

  • ED nurses urged to go beyond usual safeguarding and get to know young knife victims
  • YourStance volunteer clinicians teach life support, CPR and haemorrhage control to under-25s
  • Aim is to pass on life-saving skills that might make a difference until paramedics arrive

Growing rates of youth violence mean many emergency department (ED) staff around the UK regularly witness the shocking legacy of knife injuries on children and teenagers.

At Barts Health NHS Trust in London, 1,824 young people aged under 25 received emergency care for stab

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