First Aid Saves Lives

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First Aid Saves Lives
First Aid Saves Lives
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Video: First Aid Saves Lives 2023, February

First aid saves lives

A vehicle lies smoking in the ditch, and the driver leans over the steering wheel and shows no reaction. You are the first to come to the scene of the accident and see the situation. How would you react? Do you know all the emergency numbers? How would you help the driver? Are you familiar with emergency first aid measures?

Questions like these come up to each of us in emergency situations. Knowing the answers and taking the right measures can save lives.


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  • More knowledge means less fear
  • Legal obligation

First aid course

In order to react properly in an emergency, however, one must be prepared accordingly. Practical first aid courses offered by various organizations are particularly helpful in this regard. In these courses, inhibitions are broken down and the motivation to help is significantly increased. Precisely because everyone could need competent first aid at some point, widespread knowledge about this in the population would be of benefit to each of us.

Regular refresher courses on first aid would be desirable, experts agree on that. Basic knowledge of first aid measures should already be imparted in school and regularly repeated and deepened in the course of life.

More knowledge means less fear

A large US study from 2008 shows the importance of this knowledge. It found that the chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest in Seattle is about five times higher than elsewhere in the United States. The high survival rate in Seattle is due to the following key factors:

  • very many residents are well trained in lay resuscitation,
  • the emergency services are very well organized, and
  • the therapy in the hospital is of a high standard.

A large-scale study from Stockholm also shows the importance of first aid measures: the information on more than 30,000 cardiac arrest cases that occurred outside of hospitals between 1990 and 2011 was used. The result: The survival probability was more than twice as high for those affected who had already started resuscitation measures before the emergency services arrived than for those who had not taken first aid.

This shows that in the event of any kind of injury or a sudden onset of illness (e.g. heart attack, stroke) or poisoning, the measures taken by the first aider are decisive for the survival or the consequential damage of the person concerned.

Legal obligation

In Austria there is a legal obligation to provide first aid. The potential helper is only excluded from this if

  • the self-endangerment is too great (e.g. burning vehicle),
  • the assistance violates other important obligations or
  • an assistance is not reasonable under the given circumstances.

Providing first aid is often associated with great uncertainty and fear. It is also not easy to take the initiative in front of "onlookers". But the only and most serious mistake is: DO NOTHING! The minimum is to make an emergency call. In addition, active action is also required: If you are unconscious with existing breathing, simply lying on your side is enough to prevent possible suffocation. Likewise, if you have stopped breathing, the chest compressions you start immediately can be vital!

The fear of doing something wrong is unfounded. No one will be held accountable for incorrectly performed first aid; Not helping at all is not only morally reprehensible, but also punishable.

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