June 23, 2021
Here in the United States, the public’s state of preparedness lags woefully behind.
A majority of people in a recent American College of Emergency Physicians poll said they are not confident in their ability to offer assistance in the event of a mass shooting (68%); a single gunshot victim (62%); someone nearby stops breathing (52%); or someone is severely bleeding (50%).
People are held back by a lack of basic knowledge or a fear of doing more harm. The only cure for this – and the resulting epidemic of traumatic injuries leading to preventable deaths in America – is widening the availability of simplified emergency medical products and increasing the number of individuals with an elementary level understanding of basic emergency medical skills.
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