We are almost at the end of August, which means that National Road Victim Awareness month is almost over. We couldn’t let it pass without notice. In this year alone, 806639 people have died globally after being involved in road accident. However, it has been suggested that up to 46% of these deaths could have been prevented by receiving first aid before the arrival of emergency services. The unfortunate fact is that not enough people have had emergency first aid training and therefore do not feel confident enough to provide help.
The History of National Road Victim Awareness Month
August has been deemed national road victim awareness month as a result of several high-profile road deaths which occurred historically during this month. The most widely covered of these was undoubtedly that of the late Princess Diana, who died on 13th August 1997 as a result of a car crash which took place in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.
Could You Assist?
The question that we are asking today is, ‘what would you do if you witnessed a car accident?’ One of the main factors to consider is your ability to make a difference. Unfortunately, this difference is not always a positive one. By throwing yourself into the accident scene without adequate knowledge, you could end up making things worse. This is why attaining a basic level of emergency first aid is so important. By learning these skills you could make a positive difference which may even save a person’s life.
What Should I Not Do?
One of the most important things to remember is that you should never place yourself in danger by assisting in an accident. If you are passing in your car, be sure to park in a safe place and turn off your engine. You should not park somewhere that is going to endanger yourself or others around you.
Whilst you should assess the injuries of a person, it is essential that you do not move them. Check their airways to determine whether or not the person is breathing. If not, CPR must be performed. It is important that if you are attempting CPR, you must have been trained to do so at an emergency first aid training course. Anyone who has not received training, should not attempt to give CPR. In this instance, ask someone with appropriate training to do so.
What Should I Do?
Upon witnessing an accident, the first thing that you should do is call emergency services. It is essential that you tell them the exact location of the accident and what has happened. You should make them aware of how many people are injured, anyone who is not breathing and any bleeding sustained.
Stemming the bleeding of any injury is important. Use a clean cloth and if the victim is conscience, ask them to press the cloth against the injury to slow down the rate of blood loss. This can also lower the risk of shock. In the event of shock, you should seek to loosen any tight clothing, keep the person warm and raise their legs.
The information in this blog is only a very brief guide to administering roadside emergency first aid. In order to make the greatest level of difference, it is essential that you undertake training. Our Level 3 First Aid at Work course covers many of the aspects that we mentioned above, including CPR, treating shock and serious bleeding management. You can now complete this training in less time than ever by choosing the blended training option. You’ll learn essential life-saving skills with minimum disruption to your working week. We also have a specially tailored motorcyclist’s first aid course. It was designed to give you all the tools you need to assist in the event of an accident. Contact us for more details on any of the above-listed courses or to book your place.