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Only 23% of men would step in to save your life in an emergency.

Look around your office. It’s probably filled with colleagues and friends that you have worked with a for long time. They are people you can rely on, people you can trust. But if you were to have a potentially life-threatening injury at work, would or could they step in to save you? If you’re colleagues are mainly men, the answer is probably no. New research reveals that a staggering 77 % of men wouldn’t intervene in a medical emergency, even if it could save a life.

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In fact, due to a lack of basic first aid knowledge, 35% of men fear they would make a situation worse if they tried to step in. And whilst women did fare slightly better, the difference wasn’t huge, with only 31% percent of females feeling confident enough to help in an emergency whilst another 31% feared they would also make it worse.

According to our survey:

  • 35% of people didn’t know to put pressure on a bleeding wound.
  • 35% of people would know to start CPR and chest compressions if somebody stopped breathing.
  • 36% wouldn’t step in at all if someone was choking.

Over the past 12 months, HSE.gov reported 144 deaths in the workplace due to injury2. Research commissioned by the British Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester shows that up to 59% of pre-hospital deaths from injury could be prevented if more people had a basic knowledge of first aid3. That’s around 85 lives saved a year.

So, whatever your gender, if you want to feel safe and confident in the knowledge that you and those around you could step in should an emergency arise, getting a basic knowledge of first aid is a great place to start.

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