Emergency life support training for school children: exploring local implementation and outcomes of the Heartstart UK school programme within the context of the National Healthy School Standard
AbstractThis project discusses the implementation of Heartstart UK - an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to increase emergency life support training - in a number of schools in Cheshire.
CitationChester: Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005.
SponsorsBritish Heart Foundation.
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