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  • As a "Good Samaritan" Render Emergency First Aid

    I thought about writing a new blog as I was walking to the office the other morning. Winter in Wisconsin has been brutal this year. We’ve got enough cold, snow and ice to last until July. Slips, Trips, and Falls, might be a good topic. Suddenly my thoughts were interrupted by an acrobatic twist worthy of a panel of judges awarding me a “9”, the landing wasn’t so perfect. While on the ground, looking up, I hoped no one was watching. I don’t know what hurt more, my body or my pride. While uttering a few expletives I struggled to get to my feet and brushed myself off; I looked like nanuk of the north, and continued my walk in. Not more than one hundred yards from the scene is the local Catholic church parking lot where a few church goers were huddled over a person lying on the ground, she wasn’t as lucky. I was able to assist using some acquired first aid skills and getting emergency help. “Slips Trips and Falls” is not a winter sport. As a “Good Samaritan”, render emergency first aid.

    We often preach safety regarding “Slips, Trips and Falls” and it’s a topic worth repeating, and we will soon.. What happens however if you find a victim? Now what?

    1st: Assess the situation is the victim conscious? Bleeding? 2nd Do the injuries if any appear to be life threatening, is he/she breathing, does he/she have a pulse? 3rd Call 911 or your local emergency number 4th Render CPR if necessary 5th treat for shock keep the victim quiet and warm

    Whether you are trained to render additional aid or not, please proceed without fear until more qualified emergency help arrives. Do not abandon the victim as you are protected by “Good Samaritan” laws. Wikipedia explains it this way:

    Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. In some cases, Good Samaritan laws encourage people to offer assistance (duty to rescue).The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Good Samaritan laws take their name from a parable found in the Bible, attributed to Jesus, commonly referred to as the Parable of the Good Samaritan which is contained in Luke 10:25-37. It recounts the aid given by a traveler from the area known as Samaria to another traveler of a conflicting religious and ethnic background who had been beaten and robbed by bandits.

    What is your knowledge and comfort level regarding first aid? Don’t feel helpless, Here at safetyinstruction.com we highly recommend that you seek, enroll, and participate in an accredited first aid and CPR course. Perhaps your local Red Cross or Community College, or your employer can help by viewing first aid training materials, videos and more. You could be the answer to someone’s prayer today. “Slips, trips, and falls”, is not a winter Sport. As a “Good Samaritan” render emergency first aid.

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