5 rules you need to know prior to rendering emergency medical aid
It is extremely important to render emergency aid in such way that you don’t add any work to rescuers by risking your...
The first rule you need to be aware of prior to rendering emergency medical aid may sound strange and not exactly apparent, but you need to comprehend and accept it:
Legally you don’t have to render first aid to anybody
Assuming somebody is feeling unwell, or somebody is in trouble, the only thing you are required to do is to notify those for whom first aid provision is a duty and professional occupation. If you deliberately walk on by, not paying any attention to an injured person, and don’t notify the relevant authorities about an accident, it can be classified as a crime, it comes under a particular legal clause called “failure to give assistance to persons in mortal danger”, and it is a reason for setting up the second rule as follows:
You have to call for help
Let us say a few words about those we turn for aid to. It is important to know that our possibilities are not limited to only a telephone call. Any policeman, fireman, rescuer or medical attendant is legally obliged to render emergency aid. If you come across any of the above listed people, please inform them that their assistance is required.
If, however, you wish to do more than simply call for help and patiently wait for ambulance, feeling that your duty has been fulfilled, and if you want to help personally, then it is great! But in this case you should be aware that emergency aid begins with the particular information you need to be familiar with. If you don’t know how to help, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to help at all. Moreover, the chances are you will make it worse.
This is where the third rule comes from:
If you don’t know how to help – don’t try to help. Please, wait for those who have appropriate knowledge.
It is extremely important to render emergency aid in such way that you don’t add any work to rescuers by risking your own life while you are trying to save somebody else’s.
The obvious forth rule:
Anyone rendering emergency medical aid first of all has to ensure their own safety
The fact that you are willing and able to provide help doesn’t necessarily mean that you are entitled to proceed with it. Legally a victim has the right to refuse to be provided with the first aid or to refuse getting it from you in particular.
You should know when the first aid provision needs to be authorized and who is entitled to issue such permission.
When and who do you need to refer for permission to:
You don’t need permission if:
Main conclusion drawn from the rule five:
(Перевод на английский язык статьи Е.О. Комаровского «5 правил, которые вы должны знать перед тем, как оказывать неотложную помощь» любезно сделан Юлией Хейлетт, Центр иностранных языков "Экспресс".)
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