Can You Do This (If You Needed To) ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-17 12:58:06 -0600
Started 2011-01-14 13:14:05 -0600

Reading a discussion, or commenting on one can spawn another discussion, or two.
Hopefully this one will leave a lasting imprint on our minds, prompting us to learn something new that may save a life one day.

Can you, or a loved one perform any of the following acts if necessary to possibly save someone’s life?

1) CPR

2) Emergency First Aid

3) Insulin, or Glucagon Injections

4) Heimlich Maneuver

5) Dial 911

6) Provide temporary comfort until help arrives

7) Assist a woman during childbirth

(This list is by no means complete these are my personal suggestions)

Believe it, or not, many people do not react well in emergency situations, something as simple as dialing 911 can become a problem when an individual is under pressure, the most important information that should be given out over the telephone can either be forgotten, or come out completely jumbled, it’s easy to become overwhelmed mentally during an emergency.

Taking the time to learn something new will make each and every one of us an even more valuable member of society!


24 replies

PetiePal 2011-01-17 12:58:06 -0600 Report

My friends always tease me that I like to think about survival situations a lot. I daydream a little about it, like what would I do if there were a Zombie Apocalypse! What if nukes dropped tomorrow? An Earthquake!

It's that spirit of preparedness that has driven me to learn all the things above either by class or reading. I'm glad I can do all 7/7 in that list since you never know when you'll need to spring into action.

birch21 2011-01-15 22:39:48 -0600 Report

After looking at the list I can do 5 out 7. For me personally I have done the heimlech maneuver on myself with the aid of a chair. I had a piece of chicken stuck and living alone there was no one around to help so I leaned hard on the back of a eating table chair and was able to cough out the stuck food. Needless to say that is not something you really want to do when you live alone. Thanks for posting the list.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-15 21:55:57 -0600 Report

With the exception of child birth I can honestly answer yes. All my jobs have had requirements for all but the injections but I give myself methodrexate injections so I think that covers #3. CPR & Heimlich Maneuver also included children & infants.

Dev 2011-01-15 13:47:28 -0600 Report

Wow! a lot of people here seem to be really prepared. I think I can do only#5 #6 and #3. Giving insulin injection seems doable. I have done it for my grandfather long back when we had the glass syringes that we had to boil to give him insulin injections. I think it should be much easier with newer better injections.

I am good working under pressure so that is not the problem. But I don't know 'how to' for others. I always thought I should take a class in emergency first aid and CPR but haven't gotten around to actually do it.

Where are some of the places I can find courses like that free of cost in NYC? May be I should ask in the University health center if they have anything like that.

gorrilla 2011-01-15 12:14:19 -0600 Report

I know I'm gonna start a storm here, but I think I have your list covered. I've at least been thriugh two CPR classes/certifications, as well as a class on the portable defibrolator we have at to shop. Emergency first aid I've got fairly well covered from life experiences and some training. Injections, while I don't perform them now, I've done before. Heimlich was part of the first CPR class. 911 isn't a problem, BTDT. Temporary comfort I've covered as the first on the scene of a cou[le of car wrecks with serious injuries involved. And here comes the storm. I've assisted with mammalian birth. Not human, bovine. Raised on West Texas ranches, delivered foals, calves, lambs, puppies, kid goats. I can hear the howl now, THAT'S NOT THE SAME! Actually, it is. I was very nearly playing catcher with the birth of my last child, fortunately the doc got in there in time, and all I had to do was carry her across the room to the incubator/cleanup table. Same exact procedure, just slightly different anatomy and emotional connections. You have to learn to compartmentalize all that in the other experiences i mentioned earlier, but that actually helped in several situations before and after my daughters birth.
Even the injections I mentioned before were part of my ameteur veterinary experience.
Now, complications? That is a far different story.Breach birth I've seen in livestock. Doing that to a human female I'm NOT ready for.

MewElla 2011-01-15 08:09:43 -0600 Report

Sad to say but I could probably do only two of the above. Makes me realize I need to get in gear and learn how to handle the other 5 items. Good point and thanks for bringing this to my attention.

MAYS 2011-01-15 09:08:33 -0600 Report

Thank you for commenting!
Saving a life, or at least sustaining one until help arrives is just as important, two out of seven isn't bad especilly if it saves just one llife!

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-01-14 18:58:43 -0600 Report

I also have done everything on the list.
Let me tell u a little story about #7. I hadn't at that time, helped a woman in labor, But i did deliver 2 of my own children (TWINS). I absolutely had no other choice. I was stuck on a back road in IN. in a truck, waiting for an almost 200 car freight train to pass. Let me tell u, that was no picnic. After all was said and done, i drove myself and the babies to the hospital. That was 47 years ago. Twins r fine. Since then, I have helped 3 women deliver their babies. What a learning process!!!!!

MAYS 2011-01-14 20:03:48 -0600 Report

Well done! (What more can I say?)
Delivering your own children, twins at that, truly amazing!

starlite713 2011-01-14 17:46:38 -0600 Report

I have taken first aid and CPR classes every year (or every three for first aid) for the past 10 years. I feel qualified to do all of them except #7. I know I would do whatever I could, but would still feel lost, having never had children. The trainers at the classes say that even though you may be scared, or don't think that you know what to do in emergency situations, your memory and consciousness kicks in and you do what you can and know.

jayabee52 2011-01-14 17:26:18 -0600 Report

I believe I can do all these things except #7. I had been trained as a home health CNA and worked in hospitals too.

I was with my future ex wife for each labor & delivery of my 3 sons, but to assist a delivery I don't think I could do it. Of course if it were just me and her, I would try to render as much aid as I could. I was used to pressure situations as home health CNA and while I was scared, I got through it OK and the paient did too.

MAYS 2011-01-14 20:14:36 -0600 Report

James, you never cease to amaze me with both your knowledge, and talents.
You are definitely the person to have around in an emergency!

jayabee52 2011-01-15 02:01:21 -0600 Report

Now that I that I think of it, growing up on a dairy farm I did help a lot of calves into this world. I know not the same as assisting to bring a child into the world, but there might be some transerrable skill sets between the two experiences,

Thank you, for that vote of confidence, Mays!

MAYS 2011-01-14 20:14:07 -0600 Report

James, you never cease to amaze me with both your knowledge, and talents.
You are definitely the person to have around in an emergency!

realsis77 2011-01-14 16:21:53 -0600 Report

Hi mays, great post! Having done dentisty for 20 years I'm trained in all these live saving techniques. I think its very important that every gets trained in bls(basic life support) a lot of times there are free classes in the community which will train you. It only takes a phone call to find out and yes it might save a life someday you never know when you will need these skills!

MAYS 2011-01-14 20:17:38 -0600 Report

That's interesting, did you ever have to deal with an emergency situation then?
I agree with you that people should be trained in basic life support.

realsis77 2011-01-15 10:22:23 -0600 Report

Hi. Yes I've had a few situations over the years that required me to administer oxygen. Mostly people getting overly nerveous and having panic. I've never really encountered a emergency that called for cpr. Sometimes people would react to the epi in the anestehic and get a racing heart but we have only had to administer oxygen to remendy both situations. Yes I did dentistry for 20 years. I no longer work now. My last job was two years ago. I'm a rda meaning I assist the doctor and take was an interesting job.

BandonBob 2011-01-14 13:58:06 -0600 Report

Great list and great idea. I wnet to work on the Dewline in the 60s and because of my training in the CG I was made the medic at the station. One day an eskimo woman came to the station and was in labor and I had to deliver her baby. Fortunately with the communications system I had a doctor in NY telling me what to do and how and it turned out okay but it is not an expoerience I especially want agin. People need to be careful when they say they can do smoething for you might have to.

MAYS 2011-01-14 20:25:09 -0600 Report

I agree with you 100%!
Delivering a baby, with guidance by telephone must have been an eye opening experience for you, especially in the 60's.

BandonBob 2011-01-14 20:40:21 -0600 Report

It was an awful experience and yet an awesome experience at the same time. The woman had been in labor for hours as the baby was coming breech and she was a mess when she got to the station. Fortunately God was on her side and everything turned out well.