National First Aid Awareness Week
Imagine you were one of the 250,000 people who are involved in
road traffic collisions every year. You are unresponsive and not
breathing. There is a very strong chance that no-one around
will have the basic skills required to provide emergency first
aid - potentially putting many lives at risk - according
to new research released today.
A national survey of 1,855 people commissioned by DK and the
UK’s leading first aid providers St John Ambulance, St. Andrew’s
Ambulance Association and British Red Cross to mark national First
Aid Awareness Week (2 – 9 February), shows that:
- 77% of people either don't know how to administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
or they are unsure of how to do it.
- Fewer than 1 in 4 people are able to say definitively that they
are confident about CPR – and only 7% of young people (16-24) would
be confident enough to perform CPR.
Other key findings are:
Millions of people lack the knowledge to undertake basic first
Most people consider themselves incapable of performing the
simplest of techniques or treating minor household injuries. The
majority don’t know the correct practice for treating a nose bleed (59%) or someone who has
fainted (57%). This is particularly worrying in light of the fact
that almost 4,000 people in the UK die in accidents in the home
1 in 3 people wouldn’t know what to do if their toddler was
The survey highlighted some of the most important first aid
procedures that everyone should know – and revealed an alarming
lack of knowledge of even the most common scenarios. One in three
people don’t know how to respond to a toddler who is choking, and one in four would be of no use to
a person suffering an asthma
Men are more confident about putting their knowledge and skills
30% of men would feel sufficiently confident to resuscitate a
casualty, compared to just 20% of women. Watching TV programmes
such as Casualty and ER can boost first aid confidence; nearly one
in five people (18%) said that they might be confident enough to
resuscitate a casualty as they’d seen it performed on
More than 2 in 5 people don’t know that there are two emergency
The survey also asked if people know that there is another
telephone number for emergency services, apart from 999; 43% of
people in the UK didn’t know that they can also dial 112.
Majority of UK residents don’t own a first aid manual
Despite the fact that the majority of people (57%) don’t own a
first aid manual, seven out of ten people claim that they would
feel more confident in treating a number of conditions if they
could refer to a first aid manual.
Now in its 9th edition, The First Aid Manual is still the
only guide to be written and fully authorised by the UK’s
leading first aid providers – St John Ambulance, St.
Andrew’s Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross.
*According to a recent survey by RoSPA, every year in the UK
almost 4,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million
turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking