An average of 460 cardiac arrest deaths each day or one every three minutes in the UK.
With how busy the ambulance service is, it is key to perform first aid if you see someone in need. Especially when Someone is experiencing a cardiac arrest, as in the UK its one of the leading causes of death. If everyone attempted first aid on the casualty a further 1000 people’s lives could be saved, when dealing with cardiac arrest victims. Only 7 – 8 per cent of people on where resuscitation is attempted manage to survive to leave hospital. However, survival can be increased to up to 40 per cent through the early use of CPR and defibrillators.
140’000 people die each year in the UK from incidents where first aid could have possibly saved their lives.
First aid is a life skill and is very important everyone knows some form of first aid. The difference it can make to someone’s life is exceptional, Also the effectiveness of treatment made by the ambulance service when the casualty is passes over to their care. if a patient doesn’t receive basic first aid care immediately, their situation will often deteriorate rapidly. By being able to provide basic care, you can stabilise a patient until emergency medical services arrive.
Why do not a lot of people want to perform first aid?
Simple, most people choose to do nothing over the fear of being sued. Luckily the good Samaritans law protects bystanders. When performing first aid on a casualty that cannot reply, it is implied consent. Therefore, all bystanders are encouraged to help. Following that, people with breasts are more likely to die in a situation where they might survive if given CPR, because people are afraid to touch their chest area. On average only around 40% of woman will receive CPR when needed because of this reason. If CPR is carried out correctly then you will more than likely not even come into contact with the casualties’ breasts. Plus, your saving someone life which is more important. Don’t you think?
Imagine it was a friend of a family member in need, and you can help. That could improve the severity of one’s injuries, speed up recovery time and most importantly save their life. Also learning first aid can improve your overall employability and job prospects. knowing how to physically move someone in pain, support their injuries and administer appropriate bandaging and dressings can also greatly reduce the amount of pain they experience. This is a handy skill to have as employers have a duty of care to have first aiders in the workplace.