VIDEO: Half of Plymouth parents lack lifesaving skills, study finds
MORE than half of parents in Plymouth lack the skills necessary to save their child in the event of a life-threatening accident, it has been revealed.
St John Ambulance has revealed shocking new statistics showing that 57 per cent of parents in the city would not know how to save their child in an emergency.
To raise awareness and encourage more people to learn basic first aid skills, St John Ambulance has launched an emotive campaign.
The organisation has produced a short film showing an accident where a boy is seriously injured after falling from a tree and his dad does not know what to do to save his life.
Research commissioned by St John Ambulance found that, faced with the same situation as the one in the film, the majority of parents in Plymouth would not know the correct way to help the boy.
Despite 71 per cent of the city's parents claiming to know basic first aid, more than half of those surveyed said they would leave the boy until an ambulance arrived, which would not be the correct procedure.
The campaign was developed after research from St John Ambulance showed that one in five Plymouth parents do not view knowing first aid as being important; 62 per cent of parents say knowing first aid skills would make them feel more prepared for parenthood; 61 per cent of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried; 38 per cent of parents said their child has had an accident that has needed immediate first aid intervention whilst on holiday, with nearly half of those parents admitting they did not have the skills to help their child.
Steve Hargreaves, St John Ambulance's regional director, said: "It's devastating to find that over half of parents wouldn't have the first aid confidence to save their own child's life.
"And it's not just parents. Over two-fifths of people admit that it would take something as severe as the death of a loved one to make them learn first aid.
"Unfortunately, our volunteers can't be everywhere so we've developed an online experience to help more people be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
"We don't want anyone to be helpless in a first aid situation especially when learning life-saving skills is so simple."
Viewers can visit www.sja.org.uk/savetheboy to watch the film and learn the first aid needed to ensure he stays alive.
These are the basic first steps required in any first aid emergency.