Every five seconds, someone in the world dies from an injury. Whether that’s from an accident or natural disaster, we are all at risk when it comes to emergencies. Anyone, anywhere at any time can be affected with little to no warning. But would you know what to do if your child choked on a toy or your neighbour suffered a cardiac arrest?
In emergencies, 90% of lives are saved by local people. Everyday people - not always professional doctors, paramedics or emergency responders – are responsible for acting quickly in the first moments after an emergency strikes. Many times, fear and lack of first aid skills stand in the way of saving a life at stake. CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival if administered immediately after sudden cardiac arrest. But only 32 per cent of these victims receive it from a bystander.
One of the easiest ways to prepare to save a life is to get trained in first aid. Ireland has already made first aid training compulsory at the workplace. Further government support is needed for first aid training and education in places where people at every age can learn to make a difference – such as schools and driving programmes.
First aid is the first step in the chain of survival during an emergency. 95% of Norway’s population is trained in first aid thanks to local laws in place. Contrastingly, only 5% Ireland’s population is trained. Laws making first aid compulsory at every stage of the lifecycle result in both the lifesaving skills and confidence. Preparing people with these skills also builds more resilient communities, better preparing neighbors and friends to act when disaster strikes.
The Irish Red Cross trains more than 10,000 people in first aid every year. We see its effectiveness daily, but we also know there will always be another person to help.
The time to act is now. Get trained in first aid, save a life.
For more information, visit www.redcross.ie