We were delighted to be contacted by BBC producer and broadcast journalist, John Henry Owen, wanting to film a first aid expert demonstrating first aid for someone experiencing a catastrophic bleed, possibly due to a stabbing.

The segment was being filmed for the BBC in media response to the spate of knife crime across the UK.

We have covered this subject in our blog here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/knife-crime-stabbing/

The BBC wanted to illustrate how to respond effectively when someone has been stabbed, clearly stating what to look for, what to be aware of and, crucially, how to stop a catastrophic bleed.

In the case of a catastrophic bleed the victim can bleed to death in under three minutes.

So response time is crucial.

We also ran through how to apply a tourniquet (seen here in the photo below is a bright orange tourniquet) and how every day items – such as a cotton scarf – can effectively be used as an improvised tourniquet whilst items, that you may have considered an obvious option, such as a leather belt are  less suitable.

As John interviewed Emma Hammett,  she demonstrated the first aid on a colleague from the First Aid for Life office who was lying on the floor.

It was fascinating to watch the two camera operators at work, getting the camera angles right…..

the lighting perfect……….

and ensuring continuity.

You can read the blog version of the BBC interview and read everything we discussed to give stab victims the best chance of survival: https://onlinefirstaid.com/stabbings-victim/


Do watch out for the segment on the BBC news. It will be aired sometime soon. Please let us know when you see it.


We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to share our first aid with anyone who might be faced with a situation where they can save someone’s life.



Written by Emma Hammett for First Aid for Life

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