Don’t stop at 999: Angela attends British Red Cross event
MPs from across the UK recently attended a British Red Cross event in Westminster to highlight the issue of providing help to people before an ambulance arrives
New research has revealed up to 59% of deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if the public knew first aid. Often people call 999 then do nothing
To help alleviate the situation the British Red Cross is calling for more opportunities for people to learn first aid throughout their lives.
According to new research commissioned by the British Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester Up to 59% of ‘pre-hospital’ deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if more people stepped in with some simple first aid.
The research was launched in Westminster on Tuesday 6th September and was attended by Angela.
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*. While at the event Angela learnt two simple first aid skills and pledged support for others to also have the opportunity to gain the confidence and learn the skills that could save a life.
Commenting Angela said;
It is quite shocking that people are dying when their lives could potentially have been saved through simple actions. This highlights a serious need for our population to be more widely educated in first aid.
I fully support the British Red Cross’ calls for first aid education to be mandatory in schools and as part of the driving test. Let’s hope more progress can be made with this latest research.”
Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid education said:
“The good news is that most people are calling 999. But after calling 999 we want people to then do something in those crucial minutes before the ambulance arrives, every person needs to recognise that in an emergency, you are part of the ‘chain of survival.”
“The British Red Cross is calling for everyone in the UK to learn two basic first aid skills that could help to prevent the number of people who die from injuries, such as those resulting from falls or road traffic accidents, before reaching hospital.”
“Sadly in the majority of deaths we looked at, the simplest interventions could have helped keep someone alive until they got to hospital. For example something as simple as turning someone on their side and tilting their head back to keep their airway open – could be all it takes to make that difference between life and death in certain situations”.
“The charity is calling for more opportunities to learn first aid throughout one’s lifetime, starting at school, but also through the driving test and public health initiatives.”