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10 Important First Aid Facts and Statistics

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Barry Laffey

on 18 April 2016

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Transcript of 10 Important First Aid Facts and Statistics

What are the odds?
Through your life you have an astounding 80% chance of needing to use First-Aid on a friend or family member.
But statistics show that 9 in 10 teenagers have been presented with some kind of medical emergency and 8 in 10 of those did not know what to do in that situation.
Can you use it?
If caught on the spot during a medical emergency would you know what to do? If not, your not alone 59% of people in the UK said that they wouldn't feel confident to even attempt to save a life and 24% of those people would do absolutely nothing and just wait for an ambulance or even a passerby with first aid knowledge to come!
The use of CPR
CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) first came about in the 1740's yet nowadays millions of people don't know how to perform it, even knowing, that giving it properly and straight away could save countless lives.
That's a pretty big number right! Well according to a study carried out by St John Ambulance, that is the number of people annually who have died in a situation were the use of First-Aid could have saved their lives!
Now, that's quite a high percentage. Back in 2009 'Mother and Baby Magazine' conducted a 'Save a Life' survey amongst 2,000 parents with young children, to see if those parents knew what to do if their child began choking, was burned or scalded or even stopped breathing etc. And that 82% was the percentage of parent's who hadn't a clue what to do if any of the above happened to their infants. That's 1,640 parents out of 2,000 who wouldn't be able to save their child's life in an emergency!
Do you know how to use it?
By: Barry Laffey
The Importance of First-Aid
How long should it take you to react
In an emergency death can occur instantly
in fact a blocked airway can kill someone in 3-4 minutes whereas it could take an ambulance up to 8 minutes to arrive, but acting quick with a simple procedure such as opening the casualties airway can save their life.

Loosing blood can kill extremely quick!
The body has roughly 8 pints of blood running through it, bleeding from an artery can cause death in 3-4 minutes. But no matter where you bleed from if you loose up to 2 pints of blood you will begin to suffer shock, which is a life-threatening illness. Loosing between 3-4 pints of blood will kill instantly, unless of course it is prevented using First-Aid!
To Summarise
To finish up, I just want to conclude by saying that although you might get through a day accident free it is always handy to have First-Aid knowledge for when an emergency incident presents itself. Because knowing First-Aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta and St John Ambulance all offer, cadet and student training
Thank you for your time and I hope you all learned something about the importance of First-Aid
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