Magazine article USA TODAY

People Lack First Aid Knowledge. (Your Life)

Magazine article USA TODAY

People Lack First Aid Knowledge. (Your Life)

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Curad, maker of adhesive bandages, in conjunction with the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), surveyed 200 first aid trainers concerning the general public's knowledge and preparedness when it comes to first aid. "When faced with a first aid emergency--no matter how minor or severe--our members say the biggest mistake people make is that they panic," indicates paramedic Ralph Shenefelt, general manager of ASHI. "By learning basic first aid and having the proper supplies to deal with minor first aid situations, the panic factor could be eased dramatically.

"According to the survey, trainers report that only 10% of those who seek basic first aid training classes actually own a first aid kit prior to taking the class," he reports. "It shows you that even people who realize basic training is important are not always prepared." Shenefelt advises that, in order to stay calm and take care of a minor emergency, the two--knowledge and supplies--go hand in hand.

Among the findings in the ASHI/ Curad survey are:

The most-common first aid mistake. …

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