First aid knowledge at cyclists' fingertips

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Stay safe this summer with the St John Ambulance first aid app for cyclists.

Available to download from Google Play and from the Apple store, the free app is helping bike-users to improve their first aid knowledge and gain confidence in handling themselves in the event of an accident on the road or trail. 

As the weather (hopefully) gets warmer and daylight hours extend, more of us will be accessing the great outdoors on two wheels, which means cyclists need to be doing all they can to broaden the community's collective safety skills. 

While cycling’s dangers are well-known, the app was conceived in the wake of Department of Transport figures; data shows that while there has been a three per cent drop in serious cycling-related injuries, there has also been a two per cent rise in the number of casualties.

To address this worrying trend, the nation’s leading first aid charity sought a way to spread emergency medical skills and know-how in a user-friendly package. The result is a functional, comprehensive app that also elaborates on how bike equipment can be adapted to function as first aid instruments.

Built on frontline experience, the on-screen advice comes from medically trained experts and members of the charity’s cycle response unit, which supports over 100 events each year across London.

Ashley Sweetland, the national cycle response unit lead at St John Ambulance, described the smart-phone service as “a new tool specifically aimed at equipping the increasing numbers of cyclists across the country with first aid skills which should be as essential as a puncture repair kit."

“We know many cyclists have accidents on the road each year, sometimes resulting in injuries where first aid could have made a difference. As the nation's leading first aid charity, we want to ensure that the UK's cycling community is equipped with first aid knowledge, so that more cyclists can help where circumstances might need them,” he added.

Research conducted by St John Ambulance has shown that cyclists are nine times more likely to stop and help fellow cyclists than other road users in an accident; the new app will hopefully infuse this culture with better practice so that emergency care can be administered more effectively and lives can be saved.

 

Cycling Accidents

* Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas.
* Around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads.
* 75% happen at, or near, a road junction.
* 80% occur in daylight.
* 80% of cyclist casualties are male.
* Almost one quarter of the cyclists killed or injured are children.
* Around three quarters of cyclists killed have major head injuries.

 

Click the links to download First Aid For Cyclists on Android and Apple.

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