Courses are offered for free online and many are available locally through fire departments, the Red Cross and Public Health Agencies for a nominal fee ranging between $15 – $35.
World First Aid Day – September 12, 2015
It’s more than a skill — it’s an act of humanity. Given without discrimination, it helps empower communities to take greater care of their own survival and well-being. It’s a responsibility of global citizenship and an essential element for safe and resilient communities. Everyone has the potential to save lives.
(International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies)
Citizens Are First Responders
Emergency situations and disasters can take many forms. Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, car accidents and missing persons situations are not just the makings of television news stories. These events can occur at any time. The first responders to an accident or emergency often are not trained professionals but citizens and community members who are already on the scene.
Your life and the lives of others may depend on your ability to respond during an emergency situation. As a first responder to an emergency or accident scene, you may be the only one to provide information and assistance until the authorities arrive, (Alliedbarton.com).
Startling Lack of First Aid Knowledge
Two Out of Three People Couldn’t Save a Life
The majority of us don’t feel we could save a life in an emergency, with a quarter saying we’d helplessly do nothing while a life is on the line. And those of us who would attempt first aid, our efforts are likely to be in vain as in many cases we would administer the wrongprocedure, (SJA.org.uk).
Leading first aid charity St John Ambulance in the United Kingdom, commissioned research to determine how many people could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
Key results show that:
- Nearly two-thirds (59%) wouldn’t feel confident trying to save a life
- A quarter (24%) would do nothing and wait for an ambulance to arrive or hope that a passer-by knows first aid
- Around a third (39%) would try and do first aid even though they are not sure what to do
- Just over a quarter (28%) say they’d know what first aid to do – but sadly their confidence is misplaced, as the survey results show many would do the wrong thing and may even make the situation worse.
How Many People are Saved by CPR in the USA Every Year?
According to the American Heart Association about 92,000 people are saved by CPR in the US each year! And only 32% of sudden cardiac arrests get CPR because most bystanders do not have training…Bottom line, CPR & AED’s save lives.
Am I Obligated To Help Another Person in Distress?
Generally, no person has a duty to help another in need. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy noted this during oral arguments on President Obama’s healthcare law on March 27, 2012 and added that while this may seem immoral or wrong, it is the law and has been for a long time.(Lapinlawoffices.com)
What are the Liability Issues if I Assist Others in Distress?
Washington State Good Samaritan Act
Persons rendering emergency care or transportation – Immunity from liability – Exclusion.
Any person, including but not limited to a volunteer provider of emergency or medical services, who without compensation or the expectation of compensation renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency or who participates in transporting, not for compensation, therefrom an injured person or persons for emergency medical treatment shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in the rendering of such emergency care or in transporting such persons, other than acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Any person rendering emergency care during the course of regular employment and receiving compensation or expecting to receive compensation for rendering such care is excluded from the protection of this subsection. [1985 c 443.19; 1975 c 58.1.]