OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Recent polling by the Red Cross shows that
nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they have been in an emergency
situation where they have had to perform first aid; however, only 18
per cent are currently certified. Ahead of World First Aid Day
September 8th, the Canadian Red Cross is calling on all Canadians to
ensure they have the skills needed to save lives when an emergency
"First aid is personal," says Don Marentette, national manager of first
aid programs with the Canadian Red Cross. "Canadians are more likely to
use first aid skills to save the life of a loved one than anyone else.
These are the stories you don't often hear about, a mother saving her
child from choking, for example."
While many people believe first aid is usually administered on
strangers, polling shows that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians who have
had to provide first aid did so to help a family member.
"Although 68 per cent of Canadians say they can recognize the signs of a
life-threatening health emergency, like choking or cardiac arrest,
fewer than half believe they have the skills to provide life-saving
basic first aid," adds Marentette. "The Red Cross believes lapsed
training and Canadians' low confidence in their ability to save a life
are directly related, and pose a risk in emergencies."
There is a significant gap between Canadians' perception of the
importance of taking a first aid course, and actually taking one.
Although nearly 98 per cent of Canadians say knowing how to perform
first aid is important, 82 per cent have not taken a first aid course
within the last three years.
The Canadian Red Cross is a leading provider of first aid and CPR
programs and has been offering first aid and CPR training to Canadians
for over 50 years. For more information or to find a course near you,
IPSOS polling information is available at: http://www.redcross.ca/documents/Ipsos%20Factum%20First%20Aid.pdf
SOURCE: CANADIAN RED CROSS
For further information:
Canadian Red Cross Media Line