RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 23:00:04 -0600
Your Wilderness Medicine book is a textbook, not about first aid where
professional medical treatment is available in a reasonable time--meaning
minutes to hours, depending on the particular injury.
This raises the point in re safety as when is it appropriate to render
aid at all, and what degree of aid should be rendered? On occassion, a
severe injury [not life-threatening] will require no FIRST AID because
medical treatment can be rendered within minutes. Other times, a
seemingly minor injury will require first aid because it will be days
before professional medical services can be procured.
Here at the University of Utah, although our police officers are trained
in first aid [some are even EMTs], they are bound by a department policy
not to render first aid except where the injury is obviously life-
threatening. They are, rather, to await the arrival of the paramedics.
On Wed, 14 Jun 1995, Don E. Robinson, M.D. wrote:
> cover with a sterile dressing. My Wilderness Medicine textbook says to wash
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