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People put off first aid training for fear of getting it wrong, charity claims

Posted: September 12th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a new survey conducted by a leading first aid charity, a considerable number of people are put off learning first aid for fear that they will get it wrong.

The British Red Cross has conducted a poll of over 2,000 adults ahead of World First Aid Day, which takes place on Saturday 10th September. Researchers found that as many as two-thirds of the people they asked shied away from learning vital first aid skills because they thought it carried too much responsibility.

It was also found that just 3 per cent of people would like to learn first aid if they had the time to spare, even though a huge 81 per cent of people thought that everyone should undergo basic first aid training.

Joe Mulligan, who is the head of first aid education at the charity, was concerned at the survey’s findings. He said:

“Basic first aid is very easy to learn, extremely simple to do and could literally save someone’s life,”

“We have to combat this myth that knowing first aid is a great responsibility. Knowing these skills does not bring the pressure of responsibility, but the confidence and peace of mind of knowing that you’d be able to help your friends and family if they needed you.”

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