PRE-HOSPITAL care is important, an emergency medical worker says.
St John Ambulance service programme manager Zoe Saulep said care provided by first responders was crucial in saving lives.
“Pre-hospital care is vital to saving lives and making it easier for doctors to help a patient recover quickly. The first 20 minutes is used to stabilise patients after picking them up and taking them to the nearest hospital,” she said.
Saulep said since 2020, the service had responded to more than 600 cases related to violence alone and in 2022 that number had risen to over 1000 cases.
“Data has increased and that means a lot of people are aware of what St John does and also the increase in accidents or violence related to drugs and alcohol,” she said.
Saulep added that it was also important to address cardiopulmonary (CPR) hesitancy in schools and communities and incorporate demonstrations in awareness sessions so that students and the community were aware of what to do in emergency cases as they waited for an ambulance.
“Not only should students and communities need to be aware and be trained on CPR, but also address the issue of the ambulance and health worker safety while they are on the job,” she said.
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