Re: Cell-phones or ham-radios as emergency backups
Robert Lewis (rlewis3@IC3.ITHACA.EDU)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 15:59:13 -0400
On Tue, 11 Jun 1996, Jesse E. Cross, III wrote:
> Just to add my two cents worth:
> IMHO the most important point of reacting to an emergency is
> activating the EMS system. If you don't know what the EMS
> system is, take a Red Cross CPR course.
Before any troop goes into the backcountry, I hope that at least one
leader is AHA/ARC CPR ceritified for at least one man adult CPR. I
personally am AHA BLS-C for Healthcare provider ceritified (adult (1, 2
man) infant and child). I also hope that the treck is carrying a first
aid bag, and have the training to use it, such as ARC standard First
aid. I am an NJ EMT-D (basic EMT, and Defib)
The chances are that if someone did go into arrest, he/she is dead before
anyone can arrive to help. With a serious injury, the chances of
surviving are very minimal. MOST injuries in the backcountry are not
serious, and can be handled in creative ways by knowledgable people.
Don't rely on EMS to save you when you are 30 miles out.
> Should an emergency arise in the field, the sooner I can
> activate the EMS system the better for the victim.
That is true.
>If having a cell-phone or ham-radio means that I only have to walk five
> miles instead of ten, then I have just saved precious time for
> the victim and that is the *KEY*; The sooner a victim gets
> professional medical treatment, the better his chances. If
> this means the leader carrying a 0.5 pound cell-phone or
> ham-radio, then he better have one!
It is true that if you get him to professional help sooner, he will have
better chances of surviving. The problem is that a very few number of
"emergencies" are true emergencies. This wastes great ammounts of money
"rescuing" the person, and time that could be better spend elsewhere.
Again training on *YOUR* part is the important thing.
> If you truly head deep into the field, then emergency
> communications and the ability to provide your precise location
> to emergency response personnel are necessities. We now have two
> fairly inexpensive tools to do this with. The Cell-phone /
> Ham-Radio and the GPS.
Cell phones, Hams, and especially GPS's are not inexpensive. I have yet
to find a reliable GPS (withing 1000 meters) for under 100 dollars. If
the nation was completly wired for Cell phones, and GPS's were
inexpensive, Then this could be the solution for all our wilderness
problems. Unfortunately people will still get killed, or lost with these
instruments. They are not fool proof. If you are properly trained, and
follow the guidelines in effect, you should be safe. If you are not
certified in CPR, or First aid, Get certified it may save another life,
or even yours.
Since I have become an EMT 3 years ago, I have seen so
many accidents that could have been avoided if the person followed the
rules, and a few poeple are still alive because they followed part of the
rules. If everyone followed the rules, Laws, common sense, and were
trained in CPR and first Aid, then EMT's, Paramedics, Firefighters, and
Police would have no fun, but all of us would be much happier that we are
Robert M. Lewis Rlewis3@ic3.ithaca.edu
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