Surveys carried out by St John Ambulance, Findababysitter.com, The national “Save a Life Survey” and  Mother & Baby Magazine, have  revealed shocking results

  • 21% of parents don’t view knowing first aid as being important
  • 62% of parents say knowing first aid skills would make them feel more prepared for parenthood
  • 59% wouldn’t feel confident enough to try to save a life
  • 24% would do nothing and wait for an ambulance to arrive or hope that a passer-by knows first aid
  • 65% of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried
  • 37% of parents said their child has had an accident that’s needed immediate first aid intervention whilst on holiday – nearly half of those parents did not have the skills to help their child.
  • 65% of parents claiming to know basic first aid, of those surveyed 57% said they would leave an injured child until an ambulance arrived, which would be the incorrect procedure.
  • 41% of people admit that it would take something as severe as the death of a loved one to make them learn first aid.
  • 55% of parents lack the skills necessary to save their child in the event of a life-threatening accident.
  • 72% of parents would not know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or deal with burns and scalds
  • 80% of parents with children aged between six and nine say they wouldn’t have a clue how to deal with a medical emergency.
  • ONLY 19% of parents interviewed, had been on a first aid course over the previous five years.
  • 30% of all parents have had to rush their child to hospital at some point.
  • 20% said they did not hold their child’s hand while crossing the road
  • 20% said they had left their child alone in the bath while they answered the front door or the telephone.

Some Hard Facts:

5,804 children under 4 year old are injured in road accidents.

500,000 children under four years old go to casualty  after accidents in the home – 76 actually die.

125,000 children under 4 year old are killed or injured in garden accidents

3,227 are injured as car passengers and 34 are killed on the roads

140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives, which is as many as die from cancer. This startling figure is more than four times the number who die of lung cancer each year, the most common cause of death from cancer.

Up to 150,000 adults a year could be given a chance to live – if more people knew first aid, that includes thousands of children.

Seven out of 10 mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency, a poll has found.

Experts are now calling for first aid courses to be offered as part of ante-natal classes – but many people have missed these or think they don’t need them!