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Goal• Provide care that minimizes the effects of the injury/illness until health professionals with the highest level of training can take over.• Using these skills can make the difference between life and death.
Good Samaritan Law• Protects someone who provides aid to an injured person in an emergency.
Accident Statistics• Accidents 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.• The leading cause of death for ages 1 – 37.• Of 100,000 people in America…• …14.6 will die in a motor vehicle accident.
Basic Principles• Stay calm.• Assess the environment.• Call for help.• Obtain consent to treat the victim.• Try to determine what happened.• Practice standard precautions.
Basic Principles• Enlist help of bystanders.• Do not move the victim unless the situation is unsafe.• Reassure the victim.• Don’t give the victim anything to eat or drink.• Do not discuss the victim’s condition with observers at the scene.
Do No Harm• Your role is to take the appropriate action to help the victim(s) until the EMS arrives.• When the EMS arrives, provide them with as much information as possible.• Your prompt and thoughtful response can save lives.