I attended a British Red Cross event at Westminster on Tuesday 6 September to learn about new research which reveals up to 59% of deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if public knew first aid.
Whilst 93% will call for an ambulance if they find someone with an injury, first aid intervention of any kind was infrequent. Around half did not attempt any first aid while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive.
The research, which has studied data from coroners’ offices, was last carried out 22 years ago by Prof Anthony Redmond, who also led the new research which was conducted by Dr Govind Oliver from the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.
I would encourage people in Inverclyde to take the opportunity to learn first aid throughout their lives. It’s important people know what action should be taken in an emergency situation, and how it can help save lives.