Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Speed of Transport

Victims of stabbing or gunshot have a lower survival rate if transported by ambulance than by private vehicle.  The same likely applies to other gory injuries, because they can't be fixed in the field.  The amount of time required to reach a hospital makes a big difference in survival rates.  An ambulance often has to make a round trip; most people have a car pretty close.  

So think about ambulance response times in your area.  The longer the response time, the longer the round trip, the more advisable it becomes -- especially for injuries that EMTs can't help much -- to put the victim in a car and floor it.  In rural areas the response time often exceeds half an hour, sometimes even more than an hour.  But if you live in a area where the response time is very fast, having expert care may still be preferable.

EDIT 3/9/18: Also, if you live in or otherwise frequent any area where ambulance times exceed reasonable safety limits -- about 8 minutes -- then consider learning first aid for serious issues such as CPR and bleeding control.
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