Following the recent shootings in Las Vegas where 59 people were killed, we witnessed a scenario where medical workers were outnumbered by victims. As a result, some bystanders decided to help attending for the injured keeping in mind that nearly 500 people were injured above the dead. Medical workers also pleaded with the bystanders for help. In the United States, it seems that the bystander CPR has become the norm of the day. This has led to public health services in the US to find means through which they can increase awareness in regards to the issue. Remember that most of the times, trauma victims often succumb to blood loss, unlike the common notion that the injury causes death. Therefore, following an injury, the goal should be to address the blood loss. It has been proven that a bystander can save a life before help arrives. This could be in a car accident, a construction accident or even following a shooting like the ones we experienced the other day. It’s, therefore, important that people master the art of applying direct pressure under these circumstances. According to Glen Simpson who was the medical coordinator at the Las Vegas shootings, he said that he could remember the number of people he explained to how to apply pressure.
Medical experts say that a severe injury can cost the life of the victim in a matter of minutes. At the same time, the only people who can react to the situation is the bystanders. If you feel like you want to help, but you don’t have the necessary medical qualifications, don’t worry as you can learn about the process in an hour class or just by downloading an app of the internet. Remember that you will require gloves during the whole process as contact with an infected person could lead to transmission of the disease. This is the case with people who suffer from conditions such as HIV and Hepatitis. According to a Trauma surgeon known as Dr. Lenworth M. Jacobs, the process of saving a life is quite simple. It does not also take much of your time. This is also the doctor who is behind the Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He says that the trick is applying pressure on the wound so that the blood can stay inside. He notes that for people with traumas on their hands and legs, applying pressure and taking them to a trauma center can make the difference.