Knowing How to Help.

One of the most rewarding feelings you get out this job is knowing that you helped someone, possibly saving their life.
What is prevalent in our society these days is that people don’t seem interested to help another person in need of help; instead they will pull out their smart phone and record the event, then post it online. A lot of people don’t get involved because they don’t have the knowledge or expertise and sometimes the ability to help. But instead of video recording the event, why not call 911 and get help?
I handle a lot of medical aids here at my courthouse. I make sure that I have the knowledge and training within my scope to be effective in helping a person in need.
A few months ago, I was flagged down by a lot of people waiting in line outside the courthouse clerk windows. They pointed out a older woman in distress, who they said was on the ground. When I saw her, she was standing up and seemed to look okay. I asked her what happened and her daughter said that her mother felt weak but is now okay. They initially did not want any medical aid. I started to relay the incident to my partners, who also responded and told them it was Code-4. I had to go back to get the woman’s information to log the contact and when I saw her this time, she was very pale and not looking good. With my training and experience, I knew that she needed to get checked out by paramedics. After talking to her and suggesting that she should get looked at, she agreed. I called for Fire and paramedics, who arrived within minutes and eventually transported her to the hospital. I found out later that she was diabetic and extremely dehydrated.
I’m glad that I knew how to help her and possibly saved her life.
Over my career I’ve seen firsthand numerous medical emergencies. A lot of them involved drugs or alcohol. Those who have drug addictions or are alcoholics have some of the worst withdrawals that usually results in violent seizures. Sadly I’ve seen many of those.
My counterparts who work at our local airport, have saved many lives with CPR and the use of the AED.
You just never know when someone will need help, this is why I always urge everyone to get some basic knowledge and training that will make a difference when the time comes. I’m not a paramedic and don’t claim to be, but I know what my capabilities are and I can take care of things until they get to me.

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