In Belgium, only two out of 10 drivers are able to administer first aid, whereas ambulances generally take on average eight and 15 minutes, in Brussels and Wallonia respectively, to arrive on the scene of an incident, the Red Cross noted.
The organization says it will ask the public to take care of false victims, such as a cyclist knocked down by a car or a worker with an open fracture on a worksite to test their knowledge of what to do in the event of a mishap.
Close to 50,000 people were victims of accidents in Belgium last year. “First aid is no substitute for the emergency services, but they are an essential step towards increasing one’s chance of survival,” the Red Cross noted, “it is not necessary to be a doctor or a professional rescue worker to save lives.”
People seeking to obtain drivers licences in the Brussels Region will have to complete a compulsory training in first aid from the 1st of November. However, the Red Cross is also organising training in first aid for people who already have licenses or who are from other regions.
Demonstrations scheduled for Saturday include one on pedestrian travel in Brussels. The press is invited to be at 11 a.m. by the Stock Exchange. A second demonstration is scheduled for 2.00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cora de Messancy in Luxembourg Province. In the shopping mall, the public will be informed on Red Cross trainings with the involvement of Jean-Luc Fonck, holder of a European first aid license.
World First Aid Day aims at raising awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in everyday and crisis situations, as well as at promoting the accessibility of the first aid. #MySurat #WorldFirstAidDay pic.twitter.com/fOGSbPQeX0
— My Surat (@MySuratMySMC) September 8, 2018
Check for injuries
Reach out to the injured people, avoid overcrowding, assess conscious level, keep neck stable. See if they are bleeding from any part of the body, try to stop the bleeding immediately with the help of a cloth or press the wound with your palm, splint the part if suspected fracture and seek medical help.
Check airway and breathing
Check if the person is breathing and no obstruction is coming in his breathing passage. If secretions are more put them on one side. Keep the mouth open, and use your fingers to clear the throat or blow air in his mouth if he stops responding.
— MV Red Crescent (@maldivianrc) September 8, 2018
Keep the person warm
In most cases, the accident victims start feeling cold due to loss of blood and injuries. So cover the person with the help of a t-shirt, a jacket or any cloth available at that time. Shift them to hospital or ambulance with the help of spine board when a patient has head and spine injury. Do not carry the victim without support.
Do not feed the person
Do not try to feed a person just after the accident took place, it can lead to choking. Wait for any medical help to reach and let the doctor allow to give something to the patient.
If a person is not breathing properly, unconscious and no central pulse you need to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which consists of mouth to mouth breathing and chest compression at the rate of 30:2
Today is the World First Aid Day!
Situations requiring first aid are unexpected. This is why we believe not only doctors should be able to help in emergencies. Together with @RedCrossUkraine we pass lifesaving skills to the people living in the conflict zone in Eastern #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/bLFoKelbRg
— ICRC Ukraine (@ICRC_ua) September 8, 2018