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Aid the sick with detailed cry for help

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Permit me to air a few suggestions in light of the tragic demise of two patients at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Spanish Town Hospital only last week.

The ordinary people need to learn how to recognise when someone needs urgent attention. We have to be specific. "My seven-year-old son, Johnny, is cold and clammy. He is breathing short and he is getting worse than when he was first seen. You need to see him NOW!"

We also need to know what to do and how to do it at the scene of an accident in order to minimise further injury to victims. Sometimes, we probably cause more injury by not knowing how to move someone with head or back injuries, or broken bones, or someone who is unconscious.

We do need to learn how to save lives as the trained lifesavers are underpaid and demoralised by poor working conditions and lack of equipment to get the job done. Yes, some are egotistic and rude, but it is our attitude to them that allows them to get away with such behaviour. All of us need a makeover when it comes to behaviour.

MARLA WILHEIM

St Thomas

Mango.ja@hotmail.com