A study carried out by NUI Maynooth on behalf of the Irish Red Cross shows that 95% of people surveyed would not respond in an emergency situation, such as a traffic accident or cardiac arrest, as they feared not being competent enough to offer assistance, even if they have been trained in first aid.
The study also showed that a fear of being sued and a lack of practice are key inhibitors which affect the likelihood of a person assisting in a situation requiring first aid.
Speaking ahead of this week’s First Aid Education European Network (FAEEN) conference, in Dublin, Dr Andrew Kelly, of the Irish Red Cross, said “Every minute following a collapse due to Cardiac Arrest the chances of survival lessen by 7-10%. The speed of someone’s response to a medical emergency can therefore literally be the difference between life and death. 5000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest in Ireland each year.”
“There is an urgent need to not just know how to respond but to feel confident in doing so”, said Dr Kelly.
In 2011, nearly 10,000 people trained in first aid with the Irish Red Cross and 7 million people were trained in first aid by the Red Cross globally. For more information on first aid, visit www.redcross.ie.
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