First There, First Care - BYSTANDER CARE FOR THE INJURED
Have you witnessed a car crash and not known what to do or how to help? You are not alone. Many people want to help crash victims but have reservations about knowing exactly how to help. Ordinary people who are trained to use simple actions
can save lives.
The challenge is to overcome fears of "not doing it right" and the attitude of "not wanting to get involved."
The First There, First Care campaign is designed to inform the public, build awareness and
empower people to take action.
The First There, First Care bystander care for the injured campaign was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and the American Trauma Society (ATS). The campaign goal is to give motorists information, training and confidence to provide life-saving bystander care at the scene of a crash, increasing the chance of survival
for crash victims.
Whether you're a concerned citizen or a medical professional, you could be the first link in introducing the First There, First Care campaign to your community.
First There, First Care Campaign
Using this brochure, begin raising your community's awareness of
the need to stop and help victims of car crashes.
Training by a medical professional is a crucial step in preparing
citizens to become active bystanders. It teaches people the basic
skills needed to perform the actions of bystander care, and training
instills confidence to act quickly and responsibly when faced with
an emergency situation. Visit your local hospital, fire department,
doctor's office, or school nurse's office, and discuss the community
benefits of the First There, First Care
campaign. Identify medical professionals who would be interested in
serving as First There, First Care trainers.
Let them know they will need to take a one hour self-paced CD-ROM
lesson to prepare themselves for the training. You can help them obtain
the CD-ROM by contacting the offices listed on this brochure.
First There, First Care Student Materials
First There, First Care Bystander Care for the Injured
To obtain materials, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration or your state Emergency Medical Services office. All
materials are FREE.
U.S. Department of Transportation