The journal of Paul M. Watson.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

First aid day one

First rule of first aid? Call an ambulance.
Second rule of first aid? Call an ambulance.

That is something the paramedic is making very clear to us as we go through a TSSG sponsored first aid course. It is especially true when administering CPR. The medic stressed to us that less thank 1% of people who get CPR alone will survive. It is merely a holding tactic, keeping the patient alive until the ambulance arrives and a defibrillator can be applied. This isn't Baywatch, you don't give mouth-to-mouth, save a life and then enjoy a pint with her an hour later. If she is lucky she'll be out of hospital in a week. After defib, after other advanced paramedic care.

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