Coimbatore, Nov 11: More than 12 lakh people die in road accidents world-wide out of which 80,000 are in India. A majority of them die owing to lack of timely and proper first aid. The importance of first aid and the method of administering first aid to an accident victim were demonstrated by experts from Ortho One, an orthopaedic speciality centre in Coimbatore, at a session organised for the students of Stanes School, recently.
David V Rajan, J.Clement Joseph and Sekhar Michael, specialists from the centre, gave lectures on the various aspects of on basic life support and trauma care.
In an accident scene, the first thing to be done was to ensure that it was safe for the person witnessing the accident as well as the victim before rushing to help, Dr.Jospeh said. Only after ensuring safety should the witness attend to the victim.
After making sure that the person was breathing, they could ask for help. The pulse should be checked in the neck region.
As most victims died in the first hour of the accident, the victim should be taken to the hospital within one hour of the accident. This period was called the 'golden hour.'