In my first article about this subject matter I wrote about a major obstacle that deter members of the public from rendering some form of help to accident victims, especially Road Traffic Accidents and some times, gunshot victims. I identified the potential of being victimized by law enforcement agents as my obstacle number 1. In this concluding part, we will be looking at other obstacles
Obstacle #2: Fear of being held to ransom by hospital managements to pay bills or to get police reports, etc.
For some reasons of which profit making is a major part, hospitals and other such health facilities in most cases insist that first aid providers or other good Samaritans do some things first before an accident victims is attended to. As an experienced first aid provider and instructor and based on reports and personal experiences from some of my training participants, some of the things hospitals sometimes require a good Samaritan to do before an accident victim can receive some form of care include paying for a registration card, police report, and paying for a casualty’s full bill, etc.
Having mentioned these challenges, what can be done by a sincere and a good Samaritan to enable him still render the desired assistance to an accident victim despite whatever obstacles?
• Properly identify yourself;
• Get some other witnesses to join you in transporting the casualty to the hospital;
• Do not just take an accident victim to the hospital, dump and dissappear. Stay around and do a proper handing over of the casualty. The hospital may need to ask important questions about how the incident happened and other things that might have been done to help the casualty. Answering such questions properly play a vital part in giving the right medical treatment to the accident victim;
• Some accident victims may have been covered under a health insurance. So search a casualty’s body for a health insurance I.D. Card. This can help to put the mind of a hospital’s management to rest, knowing that the casualty has an insurance policy that may be able to cover his medical bills. This also identifies the casualty as a responsible member of society who should be able to take up any bill when he has fully recovered.
• Many government hospital s, both state and federal government has a policy of caring for an accident victim free of all charges within the first 24 hours. This helps to ensure that an accident victim is given good level of medical attention within the “Golding Hour”. Being aware of this should give anyone who wishes to help the confidence to help and he will be happy for helping to save a life;
•Being able to contact the casualty’s family, and linking them up with the hospital management will also help such hospital to co-operate better;
•If the casualty is conscious, you can ask if he has some money on him that can help take care of preliminary expenses for his care.
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