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Few people able to administer first aid

Published on 14/09/2009
Less than ten per cent of the UK population are confident they could administer emergency aid.

That is the finding of a new survey by the British Red Cross, which found that just seven per cent were able to correctly recall first aid advice.

Around 60 per cent said they would be willing to try to help someone suffering a medical emergency, but half were worried that they would do something wrong.

Andrew New, product development manager at St John Ambulance, said that a good first aid course can help "give you the skills and confidence to know what to do in an emergency".

Mr New added that the introduction of personal, social and health education as part of the national curriculum would be welcome, as "the more young people being trained in these skills, the better".

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive suggest that 229 people were killed at work last year, equating to 0.8 deaths per 100,000 employees.
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