Skills to save lives

 

First aid skills are easy to learn and can make a vital difference in life-threatening situations.

Completing a first aid course will empower you with the skills to provide the appropriate response, life support or casualty management until further medical assistance is available. If you’ve ever contemplated undertaking a first aid course, now is the time.

At Australian Unity, we believe it’s important for our members to know what to do in a medical emergency. When confronted with an ill family member, friend, work colleague or stranger, your response to different scenarios – such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a leading cause of fatality in Australia1 – could be the difference between life and death.

While the precise number of people who die from SCA in Australia is not known, the nearest estimates range from 23,000 to 33,000 per year1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) offers a potentially life-saving treatment, increasing a victim’s chance of survival if started soon after the heart has stopped beating2. If no CPR is performed, it only takes three to four minutes for the person to become brain dead, due to lack of oxygen2.

Life lessons

Any CPR is better than none, and having a basic understanding of what to do can help save a life. Completing a first aid course will empower you with the skills and knowledge to provide the appropriate response, life support or casualty management until further medical assistance is available.

References: 1 Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation, cardiacarrest.org.au/sudden_cardiac_arrest 2 Better Health Channel, Fact Sheet – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (2011), betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation_(CPR) 3 Australian Resuscitation Council (2006), ‘Saving lives with CPR has never been easier’, resus.org.au/guideline_press_release_2006.pdf

Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.