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British "not good at first aid"

4 August, 2000

Latest research suggests that we have little idea how to perform basic first aid. Figures from St John Ambulance suggest that only 1 per cent of the population have had any first aid training, whereas Mintel's market research suggests this figure is higher at 16 per cent.

People are worried about making mistakes and being sued, or that they may catch a disease when giving mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Once trained, the first aiders must continue to update their knowledge, or their skills are lost. First aid certificates should be renewed annually.

In the UK we are not obliged to do any training, whereas in Germany all new drivers get first aid training.