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By the Numbers: First Aid

First aid is providing help and medical assistance to someone who is injured or sick. Why is first aid so important? Take a minute to look at these numbers and you see how frequent incidents requiring first aid occur.

  • About 300,000 people a year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, the majority of which occur outside the reach of medical professionals.
    • Sadly, the survival rate is only 8%, almost all of which are a result of the victim receiving CPR from a bystander, keeping them alive until the ambulance arrived.
  • Bleeding from an artery can cause death in 3-4 minutes.
    • No matter where you bleed from, if you lose up to 2 pints you will begin to suffer shock. Shock is life-threatening.
    • Loosing between 3-4 pints of blood means almost certain death for the victim.
    • Knowing how to control bleeding and treat shock might be the lifeline a victim needs to stay alive.
  • Between 40,000-50,000 Americans die each year from unintentional poisoning. Among Canadians, poisoning is the fourth-leading cause of injury deaths and the fifth-leading cause of hospitalizations.
    • Recognizing the signs of poisoning and acting quickly reduces the chances of poisoning be fatal.
  • A blocked airway can kill someone in 3-4 minutes – it could easily take an ambulance 10 or minutes to arrive.
    • Being able to administer back blows or the Heimlich maneuver and CPR if needed, can save the life of a choking victim.

Knowing how to administer effective first aid can and does save countless lives each year.

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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