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First aid skills 'lacking'

10th September 2009

The British Red Cross has found that very few people in the UK feel confident about administering first aid.

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The charity surveyed 2,000 people about their knowledge and ability to help in a series of emergency situations such as unconsciousness or heavy bleeding and discovered that only one in 13 people felt confident enough to carry out first aid on those ill and injured.

The findings showed that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was an area of particular weakness.

However, there was still willingness from people to step in and try to help.

The charity’s head of first aid Joe Mulligan said: "The positive thing this research shows us is that there is great willingness from the public to step in, but a lack of confidence or fear of getting something wrong is holding people back.

"In the same way that everybody knows to call 999 in an emergency, we need to make sure everybody knows what to do until the ambulance arrives.

"We need to make first aid simple, easy to understand and relevant to people's lives.

"The onus is on us as first aid providers to find new and creative ways to reach more people, and get the message out there that all of us have the ability to save a life."

The Red Cross wants first aid to be a compulsory part of the school curriculum.

It said trainers also needed to be more creative in designing courses and could look at online training, putting information on internet video site YouTube.

 

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