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__ Care provided by EMTs at the scene and on the way to the hospital can increase a victim's chances of survival and rate of recovery. Page 22 __ An EMS ambulance usually can get a victim to the hospital quicker.  However, if you are in any doubt as to whether the situation is an emergency, call the EMS.  A community 911 number has several benefits: __ There is only one number to remember. __ Calls are received by specially trained persons. __ Response time is reduced.  Speak slowly and clearly.

Everyone should be able to perform first aid since most people will eventually find themselves in a situation requiring it, either for another person or for themselves.  Therefore, what a bystander does can mean the difference between life and death.  During their entire lifetime, most people will see only one or two situations involving life­threatening conditions. While saving lives is important, knowing What to do for less severe injuries demands greater attention and more first aid training.

Contact with saliva, tears, or sweat has never been shown to result in HIV transmission.  Rather, it injects saliva (yellow fever and malaria are transmitted through the saliva of certain mosquito species).  No transmission has occurred involving rescue breathing during CPR manikin practice or actual resuscitation attempts. CDC National AIDS Hotline: 1­800­342­AIDS (2437) Spanish: 1­800­344­7432 Deaf: 1­800­243­7889 Source: Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. infectious blood or other body fluids that contain blood or when the first aider is not wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against contact with infectious material.

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