First aid statistics

First aid saves lives, but how important is it to learn basic first aid skills? Check out these first aid statistics.

– Up to 150,000 people in the UK die each year in situations where first aid could make a difference [1]

– In the US, poisoning killed nearly 40,000 people in 2009 and is the second most common cause of accidental death [2]

– Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. [3]

– Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the US, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths every year [4]

– You can learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in under 2 minutes by watching this video

– Only 9% of UK parents are confident and willing to perform first aid on their children [5]

Do you know a good first aid statistic? Feel free to leave us a comment!

References:

[1] http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/about-us/latest-news/news-archive/news-stories-from-2010/april/lack-of-first-aid-costs-lives.aspx

[2] http://listosaur.com/miscellaneous/top-5-causes-of-accidental-death-in-the-united-states.html

[3] http://www.stroke.org.uk/news/stroke-facts-and-statistics-your-area

[4] http://www.heartrhythmfoundation.org/facts/scd.asp

[5] http://www.christiantoday.com/article/most.parents.lack.confidence.to.perform.first.aid.on.their.children/24439.htm

 

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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1 Response

  1. cpefley says:

    Wow! Those statistics are so sad. I can’t believe that many people die, and could have been helped. More people should get certified in First Aid/CPR so that they feel more confident when dealing with emergency situations.

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