Why World First Aid Day Matters

Only 26 percent of Australians are trained to perform first aid and CPR in an emergency! 

Results from a survey that was carried out by Roy Morgan Research, who gathered the thoughts of almost 3,000 everyday Australians on how prepared they are to deal with cardiac arrest.

How surprising when compared to 99 percent of Australians who mentioned that they knew that resuscitation and first aid are “critical life skills.”  

World First Aid Day

Saturday, 11 September is celebrated as World First Aid Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of knowing how to provide first aid. It is a reminder to everyone that more lives could be saved if the first person on scene is first aid trained.

Despite advancements in medical treatment, thousands of people are dying needlessly each year of sudden cardiac arrest. More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen each year in Australia. It has an incredibly high death rate – 90% will die in just minutes. The lucky ones who are defibrillated by a bystander are as low as 1% of all victims. If we could have more people trained in first aid, those patients would have a greater chance of survival. By increasing the number of bystanders with basic first aid skills will make the probability of someone having the confidence to respond to an incident right away even greater.

St John Ambulance ACT First Aid Trainer, and volunteer, John Gallagher has had to use his CPR training in nine emergency situations. 

“Knowing the St John DRSABCD action plan is important for anyone who is doing first aid, and you being there rendering aid to the person can be a calming influence.” says Mr Gallagher. 

Everyone should learn First Aid 

“It is a lifelong skill that the majority of people should know. When something happens in the home environment, having that trained person with confidence in their first aid skills, render aid and provide that initial level of care, is very important.” says Darryl Rice, St John Ambulance ACT First Aid Trainer and volunteer.

It is important for everyone to know that anyone can be a first aider until the paramedics arrive. Every minute counts and those first few minutes could hold the key to survival, and even just knowing to send for help greatly increases the chances of survival.

St John Ambulance ACT offers free community education sessions and first aid training courses. To find a first aid course that’s right for you, visit https://stjohnact.com.au/available-courses-booking/

Why World First Aid Day Matters

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