Schoolkids are being trained on how to patch up stab wounds as the UK's knife crime epidemic deepens.
The Midlands Air Ambulance, which does the teaching, warned there has been a "huge increase" in knife attacks and last year responded to an average of two stabbings a week.
Paramedics want to teach youngsters the vital first aid because they are most likely to be the first people at the scene of an attack.
The pupils will be taught how to stem a serious bleed using a military-grade tourniquet and heavy-duty bandages.
The stab kits, which are already available in a number of pubs and clubs in London and Birmingham, were introduced following a campaign by Lynne Baird whose son, Daniel, 26, was killed in a knife attack in 2017.
Jim Hancox, assistant air operations manager, said 60 schools have already signed up to receive training in the next two months.
"We know the care people get in the early minutes and seconds after being injured is crucial to their chances of having a good outcome," he said.
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A pupil at Worcester Sixth Form College, which was just one of the schools the team visited this week, said: "Any day you can see someone collapse or get hurt and it is important we know what to do to help save their lives."
Teacher Kim Martin revealed the college wants every pupil to receive the life-saving training.
"There is some concern that maybe you’re getting this training because you’re more likely or your school is unfortunately at the centre of these incidents," she added.
"But hopefully most people will look at it and think that prevention is better than cure."
Shocking figures released last year show there was a 7% spike in knife crime offence in England and Wales in the 12 months to the end of June 2019.
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