By Emma Hammett, Award Winning First Aid Trainer
When thinking about First Aid, the emphasis has historically been on training new parents and child carers, as babies and children are accident-prone and it is vital that those caring for them are able to help if something happens, and on First Aid for the workplace, where there is a duty of care.
But a major group of risk takers are our teenagers. A survey, commissioned by the British Red Cross revealed startling statistics:
- One in seven young people (aged 11-16) have been in an emergency situation as a result of a friend drinking too much alcohol.
- More than 532,000 young teenagers have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious in the last year.
- 89 per cent of 11-16 year olds had found themselves confronted with some kind of medical emergency.
- A quarter of young people have had to deal with asthma attacks.
- A third of teenagers have had to cope with someone with a head injury.
- One in five teenagers has been faced with someone who is choking.
Crucially: When faced with these emergency situations, 44 per cent panicked and 46 per cent simply didn’t know what to do.
In the survey’s most compelling statistic, a huge majority – 97 per cent of young people, believed first aid education would improve their confidence, skills and willingness to act in a crisis.
First Aid is a life skill and gaining a First Aid qualification is invaluable to young people striving to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh and Sports Leadership Awards and is highly sought after by UCAS – particularly if applying for a medically-related subject. Parents would feel far more confident leaving their little ones with a teenager who has been equipped with the skills to help if there is an accident, and sports and kids clubs see First Aid skills as a necessity. Not only are the skills hugely valuable, they could save a life.
First Aid for Life runs fabulous courses suitable for young people, including bespoke courses for groups of friends taking GAP years and getting sports qualifications. Please contact email@example.com, www.FirstAidForLife.org.uk or call 0208 675 4036.