Let's empower 1 million responders across America!
I was asked recently what it means to #Mobilize1Million. The simple answer is that it's a campaign to create 1 million First Care Providers, individuals ready to respond to an emergency, across the U.S. But the simple answer doesn't tell the whole story.If you witness an emergency, or worse yet, experience one yourself today, you will wait for help to arrive. This is a fact. Whether it's a co-worker with chest pain, a car wreck on the highway, or an active shooter at the mall, help is not going to be there immediately.
During an emergency, you're in charge for 15 minutes.
On average, the response time for an ambulance in the U.S. is 9-15 minutes from their time of dispatch. The ambulance crew and the local PD isn't clairvoyant though, that 9-15 minutes won't start until they're notified. The way they're notified is through the 911 system. You witness or experience the emergency and do what we are preconditioned to do, call 911. The actual length of time you'll wait is dependent on a bunch of factors, most of which are completely outside your control:
- Where are you located in relation to the responders?
- How many units does the local ambulance, fire department or police force have on duty?
- What's the weather like today?
- How many other emergencies are occurring in the jurisdiction at the same time?
- Is there a safety concern (think active shooter or hazardous material) that will delay responders getting access to you even if they're nearby?
It takes your mind time to register what happened during an emergency.
Have you ever seen a car accident happen on the road? I've responded to hundreds, probably thousands of car accidents. I've had the misfortune of being in a few myself and witnessing a handful happening real time. For every accident I've seen happen, there is a pause while my brain processes what's unfolding in front of me. We generally operate under the notion that the status quo will be maintained; it takes time for your mind to recognize a separation from the norm and to categorize the situation.In the case of a car wreck, the traffic pattern will be altered, cars will be facing the wrong way, debris may fill the road way. If the emergency happens in the office, you might recognize people moving with more urgency than normal, or a congregation of workers in an odd spot, or why is Bob laying on the ground?'All in all, that mental process can take time, a minute, two minutes, 30 seconds, who knows, but it certainly isn't instantaneous. The culmination of that process is generally calling 911 - that's the prescribed solution to emergencies.
Your call with 911 will take longer than you think.
A 911 call can take upwards of 5 minutes to complete. The call taker needs to collect enough information to figure out what resources to send and where to send them. A well run dispatch center will get assets moving in your direction by the 2 minute mark in the call. You may continue to speak with the call taker, but someone else in the center is dispatching the ambulance. NOW that 9-15 minute response time starts! So, 1 minute to process the emergency internally, 2-3 minutes to get resources rolling to you and 10 minutes for them to respond. But there's more, the response time timer stops when the unit tells dispatch that they're on scene". That may or may not be the same thing as at the victim". If you are hunkered down in a school, factory or on the 7th floor of an office building, there may be additional time for the unit to collect their equipment and find you. If we estimate that it'll take them an additional 2 minutes to find you and the victim, we have discovered that 15 minutes has gone by since the emergency actually occurred. That's 15 minutes of you being in charge and why #Mobilize1Million is so important!!
A lot can happen in 15 minutes.
I'm not an avid fan, but half the cast of Game of Thrones could be killed in 15 minutes! Fifteen minutes is an eternity in the world of emergency care. With the right tools and knowledge, lives can be saved in the time it takes for help to arrive. A person who is injured and bleeding badly' can lose enough blood to die from their wounds in under 5 minutes. A person who has stopped breathing, or whose heart has stopped beating, has 6-10 minutes to have oxygen rich blood circulated to their brain or brain damage will occur and be permanent. A person with a broken ankle, sitting on the cold ground can begin to develop hypothermia in 15 minutes or less depending on the temperature. Can you solve these problems today? If not, what if you could by the end of the day without taking a class?
The answers could be on every phone everywhere.
Just-in-time training is a thing. Millions of people around the world will learn how to do something, fix something or replace something today thanks to a YouTube video or two. I'm definitely not suggesting you learn how to apply a tourniquet with a YouTube video while someone is bleeding to death, but with well designed applications and carefully thought out instructions it is possible to achieve quality care for specific ailments and injuries without lengthy prior training. This is what #Mobilize1Million is all about. Imagine if one million people across the country all became First Care Providers overnight.
Imagine the impact of waking up tomorrow and having one million people spread across country who were willing and prepared to manage emergencies in their communities.
To find out how you can help and get involved, click here. Remember - no matter where you are, or how awesome your Police, Fire and EMS coverage may be - you're still going to have 15 minutes of work to do before they get there. Are you ready?Something to add to this blog? Share it in the comments!