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First aid

First aid everyone should know how to save a life© Info

Just a few simple first aid skills can give you the power to save a life.

What’s wrong?

Up to 59 per cent of deaths from injury may have been prevented had first aid been carried out before the arrival of the emergency medical services.

The majority of people in the UK lack the confidence or skills to provide basic first aid in an emergency situation. This leads to unnecessary deaths, injuries and disabilities, and can put greater pressure on emergency services.

What are we calling for?

The British Red Cross is calling for more opportunities to learn first aid throughout people’s lifetime, starting at school but also through the driving test and public health initiatives.

 

Latest evidence: Don’t stop at 999

The Red Cross commissioned research that was carried out by the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. The research found that up to 59 per cent of deaths from injury may have been prevented had first aid been carried out before the arrival of the emergency medical services.

This highlights a significant missed opportunity for lives to be saved through the actions of the public.

In the research, the vast majority of people (up to 93 per cent) called 999 for help – which is to be celebrated. But sadly, many of them did not attempt first aid while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

This research highlights a serious need for the UK population to be more widely educated in first aid. It should be recognised for what it is – a simple but life-saving skill.

A client receiving a massage

Public health services

We need to understand when to use public health services – and when it might be better to treat ourselves at home.

First aid in schools

First aid is not a statutory part of the school curriculum - and we think it should be.

Volunteers demonstrating how to check an area is safe before performing first aid

First aid and the driving test

Motorists could help save thousands of lives each year if a practical first aid course was part of the UK driving test.

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