Nearly 9 out of 10 people from the East of England would be reluctant to perform CPR on cardiac arrest victims, a new survey has revealed.
The study by British Heart Foundation comes with a warning that lack of public knowledge could be costing lives.
They say those who have learned the technique are three times as likely to use it.
The main reasons for reluctance to step in were:
- fear of causing more harm than good
- lacking the skills and knowledge to perform CPR
But experts warn that the benefits of performing CPR far outweigh the risks, as survival rates are almost zero if people collapse and get no support until paramedics arrive.