There was a time at the beginning of the 20th century when ambulances were not a common sight. The few ambulances that did operate around that time period were all volunteers working out of their own pocket.
Survival rates have soared due to the development of the ambulance service overall and also due to the raised awareness surrounding CPR and its usage overall.
What Is The Ambulance Service And How Has It Benefited The UK?
The ambulance service is a national service which is part of the NHS that provides emergency and non emergency care to those who are seriously ill or injured. There are hundreds of thousands of calls to the ambulance service every year and different calls are categorised into different levels of severity to warrant an appropriate ambulance response time.
The ambulance service has benefited the UK in many different ways since its creation. One of the most notable ways through which it has benefited the UK is the increase in people surviving serious incidents and trauma overall. Ambulances and paramedics typically carry a variety of different medical kit including pain relief , oxygen , medicines and drugs etc.
As time has moved on the ambulance service as progressed and evolved greatly from what was originally its form and function. Prior to the 1980s ambulances did not provide a very high level of pre-hospital care , if any at all. Their main function was to transport patients to hospital.
Pre hospital care has greatly improved and as a result people are living longer and surviving more serious injuries and accidents overall.
The Importance Of First Aid
As well as the ambulance service another important factor that effects the overall health and well-being of the nation is first aid. First aid is a life long skill that can be learnt and can be used in a variety of different situations in order to help people.
One of the most important aspects of first aid that people can be trained in is CPR. CPR is a form of resuscitation that can be used on people that have collapsed due to a cardiac arrest. CPR can lead to someone being revived and can be done easily. It requires compressions on the chest 4-6 cm deep with 30 compressions being given and then 2 breaths on a constant cycle until the patient has been revived or ambulance staff say otherwise.
First aid is of high importance as it can lead to people surviving a serious injury or having their wounds healed which can improve their chances of getting better. Research has shown that earl intervention in serious medical events often has far more positive results than intervention a number of minutes after an emergency has occurred.
Another factor that makes first aid so valuable overall is the confidence it give people. If someone is trained in a skill in first aid it will give them more confidence to help in an incident as a bystander and this could potentially lead to someones life being saved.