Help Alert: A First-aid Training Policy for Drivers and a Call-for-help Application for a Timely Prehospital Assistance by Traffic Bystanders

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Kanyapat Taechapeti

Abstract

Trauma is one of the most serious public health problems worldwide. Injuries from road traffic accidents (RTA) have exceeded 50 million people annually, costing over 1.35 million lives. One of the causes of this massive loss is the inadequacy and delay in pre-hospital management. To assess and find the solution to solve this problem,  the literature was reviewed along with interviews of paramedics and workers who have taken part in the pre-hospital care for an insight into the situation and validity of the solution. As a result, we have proposed a 2-step solution aiming to increase the number of first-aid responders at the sites of accidents. The first phase of this study is the first-aid training policy where drivers are mandated to undergo traffic safety and first-aid training before the issue of driving licenses for them to avoid traffic risks, and most importantly, step up as first-aid providers. The training emphasizes performances dealing with injuries that patients at RTA are prone to, including the ability to evaluate the severity of the injury to address an appropriate priority of care, resuscitation, and initial wound management. Following the completion of the training, drivers will be introduced to the latter phase of the project – the call-for-help application which registers volunteers who can provide efficient and appropriate initial care. The features of this application comprised of calling for first-aid assistance, conversation with individuals who cannot communicate (i.e., communicational disabilities, foreigners), identifying the location of the care providers and receivers, and providing the location of nearby pharmacies. A significant advantage of this application is that first responders from bystanders tend to arrive approximately 3 minutes in advance of the ambulance's average arrival time; therefore, the development of this sequential project will ultimately increase the chance of survival for the time-sensitive injuries of traffic accidents. 

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Taechapeti, K., Aungkasuraphan, R. ., Dejvajara, D. . ., Suriyasathaporn, A. . and Chokchaipruk, S. . (2021) “Help Alert: A First-aid Training Policy for Drivers and a Call-for-help Application for a Timely Prehospital Assistance by Traffic Bystanders ”, Journal of Asian Medical Students’ Association. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available at: https://jamsa.amsa-international.org/index.php/main/article/view/304 (Accessed: 26July2021).
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