#1
I was shocked to find out today that barely anyone knows first aid. I slipped on the ice whilst riding my bike and crashed rather hard. I cut my arm and it had cut into an artery so loads of blood was spurting out of my arm. Upon seeing this, loads of people rushed to help but had no clue what to do. None of them knew any first aid whatsoever. Luckily I did so I was instructing them what to do (which is hard when you're losing blood and still not entirely sure what happened). I'm ok now and have been stitched up and am fine but dread to think what would have happened had I been unconscious.

I do believe people should have compulsory first aid courses as, whilst expensive, will save many lives each year. Nearly all of my friends know at least basic first aid and seem to agree with me. What are your thoughts? Any experiences where you either administered or received first aid?
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#2
Simply having two brain cells to rub together would allow you to know what to do in that circumstance, what you were experience wasn't a lack of ability, it was the bystander effect: the more people there are present to help, the less likely any help with be offered.
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#3
People are too lazy too and I think we assume somebody else knows what to do. I think it would be good if they taught a little course in a high school gym class or something so people know at least are familiar with the basics.
#4
First Aid:

Tourniquet, stop bleeding, hold above head, call people that know what they're doing.
#5
i used to have CPR certification, but they scared me out of ever using it during training when they said being certified is supposed to prevent you from being liable, but someone could still sue you anyway.
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i used to have CPR certification, but they scared me out of ever using it during training when they said being certified is supposed to prevent you from being liable, but someone could still sue you anyway.


Same for me. They gave a huge lecture on what can go wrong afterwards, I was like...fuck that.
#7
It should be a mandatory Junior or Senior level high school class, even if it's a few weeks. Basic knowledge is pretty helpful.
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i used to have CPR certification, but they scared me out of ever using it during training when they said being certified is supposed to prevent you from being liable, but someone could still sue you anyway.


This is more than likely why people are reluctant to help. People will sue for anything these days.

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#9
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First Aid:

Tourniquet, stop bleeding, hold above head, call people that know what they're doing.

You forgot "apply pressure"

OT: I got taught basic first aid in high school health, and then again in Irrigation because we were dealing with ridiculous water pressure and some heavy machinery, and I'm sure I'll have to learn it again in Arboriculture (chainsaws and whatnot) and probably at least one other class.

I could help someone who is bleeding, poisoned, having an allergic reaction, or even with heat stroke, but I don't remember CPR for shit.
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First Aid:

Tourniquet, stop bleeding, hold above head, call people that know what they're doing.

all the first aid they taught me in boy scouts said not to use tourniquets. something about being unsure if you'll be able to get to a professional in time to have it removed properly, thus people can lose a limb.
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You forgot "apply pressure"

OT: I got taught basic first aid in high school health, and then again in Irrigation because we were dealing with ridiculous water pressure and some heavy machinery, and I'm sure I'll have to learn it again in Arboriculture (chainsaws and whatnot) and probably at least one other class.

I could help someone who is bleeding, poisoned, having an allergic reaction, or even with heat stroke, but I don't remember CPR for shit.


That's all I meant by tourniquet, I just figured I had used the wrong word but didn't care.
#12
Well, having been a paramedic in the Austrian Army and having driven around in an ambulance during my training, I think I might have known what to do in your case, had you been unconscious, TS.

But yeah, I totally have to agree with you, First Aid is really fucking important and should be mastered by everyone (or at least the major part of the populace).

I don't know how it is in the rest of Europe, or in other countries around the world, but here in Austria learning First Aid is compulsory if you're planning on getting a driver's license and also during your service in the army. Furthermore, I remember learning about it in school once or twice.
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#13
It's handy to have on the off chance that something does actually happen, in your situation I would say it was just bad luck.

But at times it's hilarious to see the reactions of people when they don't know what to do, point in case last semester my professor freaked out because a girl in my class had a noes bleed.

We are all 18+ my prof is 50<?> and she spent the next 15 minutes of our lecture running up and down the halls, meanwhile half the class who had their first-aid sat their laughing at the little scene my self included.

Of course if it was something serious then it would be anything but funny, it was also kind of shameful because professors and teachers get mandatory First-aid.
#14
Im an advance first aid instructor. I can teach HCP, and all cpr stuff below. Standard first aid, AED, Airway management. Ive had to shock people twice now, I've had a spinal injury, diabetic major, 2 major heads and a submerged underwater heat stroke. Plus little stuff that doesnt really count. Most epic rescue every was a sinking sail boat
#15
They all knew first aid. They just don't fucking like you.
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