Be prepared in emergency situations
You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to see the wisdom in being prepared for any number of emergency situations you might encounter. As a trauma surgeon at Portneuf Medical Center, I’ve seen the effects of falls, car crashes, gunshots and stab wounds.
All of those events happen away from the hospital where the actions of those first on the scene make a big difference on the eventual outcome.
Sometimes those first responders are emergency medical personnel. But more often, they are friends and family of the patient or simply a Good Samaritan.
The most important skill a person at the scene of a traumatic event can possess is the knowledge of how to stop someone from bleeding.