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12 April 2010, 09:23
A new survey has revealed two-thirds of people in Kent wouldn't be able to save someone's life in an emergency.
St John Ambulance have released the findings to launch a new campaign to get more of us trained in first aid.
The results also show:
As part of the new campaign, the charity is offering a free pocket-sized guide featuring first aid skills that can help in life threatening situations.
Vanessa Hannan, CEO, St John Ambulance Kent comments: "We believe that anyone who needs first aid should receive it and yet, as our latest research shows, that’s not happening. This highlights that we can’t rely on other people to have the skills - everyone should take the responsibility to learn first aid themselves. Armed with this knowledge we can all be the difference between a life lost and a life saved."
The survey also revealed that if faced with a man thrown off his motorbike and not breathing, over two-fifths (42%) wrongly say they’d know what to do. However, of these people, 48% would make the mistake of not moving him for fear of spinal injury, yet if he’s not breathing and CPR is not given, he’ll die.
Other scenarios showed people who thought they knew what to do didn’t always get it right:
To get your free pocket sized guide, just text LIFE to 85010 or visit the St John Ambulance website.