How to save a life

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If tragedy struck, would you be able to save a life? Discover which first aid myths kill and find a first aid course near you. 

Five first aid myths that cost lives

1. The ambulance will be here in a minute
Australian ambulance services generally publicise a 10 to 20 minute response time to high-priority emergency calls. That’s easily enough time for a patient to bleed to death or die from lack of oxygen.

2. It’s better to do nothing than to make the situation worse
If someone is bleeding and you don’t act, they’re probably going to bleed to death. If someone is not breathing and you don’t act, it’s likely they won’t survive. The one thing that is going to make this situation easier is having up-to-date first aid training, so why not book yourself into a first aid course to make sure that you’re ready to save a life?

3. If you have a nosebleed you should tilt your head back
This is very outdated information. If a patient with a nosebleed tilts their head back the blood may run down the back of their throat instead, pooling in the stomach and causing them to vomit. Instead, tilt your head forward, pinch the nostrils, breathe through your mouth and if you’re still bleeding in half-an-hour go to the hospital.

4. Heart attack victims should lie down
This can actually make breathing more difficult. A half-sitting position with the knees bent and the shoulders and neck supported is best.

5. If someone feels faint, put their head between their legs
If you’re feeling dizzy and someone tips you forward, you’re just as likely to fall over. Instead, get the person to lie down and then hold their legs up at about your thigh height (less if the stretch is uncomfortable for them).

Where to find a first aid course in Australia
St John Ambulance Australia is Australia’s leading provider of first aid training. It offers first aid courses across Australia, so check the St John Ambulance Australia website to find a course near you. It is also worth checking if your workplace or community organisation will cover the cost of your first aid training, as this can be of benefit to both parties. 

Have you ever completed a first aid course? In an emergency, do you feel that you could help save a life?

Written by YourLifeChoices Writers

YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.

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