This is a very sobering article – and one we should take heed of. It’s not a NZ article so the stats aren’t specific to NZ, but we see this sort of thing happen all the time. People are so scared to do anything in an emergency that they do nothing once they’ve rung the ambulance.
The article says, “Nearly six out of every 10 deaths from injury could be prevented if the British public knew even the most basic first aid.”
In a life-threatening situation, doing something is preferable to nothing – there’s not much you can make worse, at this point. Minutes count!
This article suggests you turn them on their side to open their airway, or push against the wound to stem blood flow.
If you’re worried or grossed out by giving mouth to mouth, leave it – just do your best with chest compressions instead. Don’t worry about breaking ribs – the patient will forgive you if you save their life!
It shows just how important regular first aid training is, to give you the confidence to do something in an emergency situation that may save a life. It’s also helpful to have a CPR Assist Card in your glovebox in case of an emergency – at less than $20, it’s a great item to have just in case. It talks you through compressions, reminding you of the rhythm, even if you’re in a panicked state. See those HERE.
We have put together a Heart Saver first aid guide which you can download HERE.
Read the full article HERE.