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Truck Driver with First Aid Skills saves a Man's Life

On 26th October 2018, a driver in Liechtenstein had a heart attack, such that he lost all control over his car and smashed into a parked car.

Two other men witnessed this from about 30m away. They ran to the car and while one of them called the police, the other smashed the car window and immediately applied emergency reanimation procedures on the driver.

The emergency doctor arrived to find that everything had been done correctly. The driver was taken to hospital, where he is out of danger. His family has written expressing their gratitude.

The hero of the day is a modest guy, who went to work after the incident, as usual. He is a truck driver, and had recently done a refresher first aid course, and his hope is simply that the tale will encourage others to brush up their knowledge, too.

https://www.msn.com/de-ch/nachrichte...BBPs1yn#page=1
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Re: Truck Driver with First Aid Skills saves a Man's Life

I think it is wonderful that taking a first aid course is the prerequisite for getting a driver's license in this country and that the law makes it a criminal offence to refuse to help someone when you have the ability to do so. A few years ago I was in a situation where someone had a heart attack on a small island off the coast of France, we were a group of ten people doing a guided kayak expedition, but only the guide and I knew how to do CPR. While it was pretty clear to me that there was nothing that could be done for the person after about five minutes of trying to reanimate them (they had gone blue in the face), we took turns doing CPR for almost half an hour until the rescue helicopter arrived. It was exhausting and I don't know if I could have done it on my own, I guess desperation and adrenaline would help. Even though the person died (the autopsy report said it was over pretty much instantly, massive heart attack), I was glad that I was able to do something, that I could have potentially helped save them under different conditions.

That's why I would recommend to everyone to take a first aid course if possible, the more people have the skill and also keep it up to date, the better everyone's chances in the event of an emergency. I understand that not everyone is able to help because these situations can be scary or just plain gross but I am the sort of person who prefers to do something rather than having to tell myself "what if" for the rest of my life. Remember that it takes around 20 minutes for the emergency services to arrive (which is pretty quick compared to other places if programmes like "Ambulance" are to be believed) and what happens in those 20 minutes is key to the overall outcome as regards the very basic "dead or alive" aspect of these situations.
Here is a list of places and times where you can do the basic course, so far I do not know of any specifically English-language offerings but they must exist.

By the way, if your kids are looking into doing a bit of babysitting to earn some pocket money, I highly recommend the babysitting course offered by the Swiss Red Cross. I did it many moons ago and it not only came in handy when looking after kids but also included some tips that I was able to pass on to friends with children.

Yes, all these courses cost money but in the grand scheme of things, it is worth it.
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