Imagine you were faced with a life or death situation with nothing but instincts to guide you, what would you do?

For example, what's the first rescue attempt that comes to your mind if someone around you suffered an electric shock? Would you adopt the conventional method of hitting them with a wooden object and possibly cause more harm or would you simply run away and leave them to die?

What mode of intervention would you adopt if you saw someone throw fits of convulsion (epilepsy)? Would you insert a spoon in their mouths to prevent them from "swallowing their tongue" and probably choke them to death in the process or would you rather run away from the scene in order not to "contract the disease"?

What first aid would you give to someone who faints either as a result of exhaustion, shock or an unknown cause? Would you pour water on them and possibly send them into a fatal state of cardiogenic shock or would you rather shake their bodies vigorously and scream their names till they "wake up"?

If your loved one were drowning before your very own eyes, what would you do to save them knowing you cannot swim? Would you jump into the water and add to the imminent casualty or would you just stand there calling for help when no lifeguard is within reach?

If someone around you suddenly began to suffer an asthma attack without any salbutamol (ventolin) inhaler in sight, what would you do? Run away so they don't die in your presence or begin to cry or pray they don't die?

How would you rescue someone from choking to death on his or her food? Force water down their throat or insert your finger in their mouth in a bid to remove the food substances?

What if someone were be having a cardiac arrest? Would you scream at the top of your lungs and thereby worsen the victim's state or would you just beg them not to die, in which case they mostly always die anyway?

I could go on and on about the unexpected life tragedies that humans are prone to, humans like you and I, but would stop here.

What's my point?


If you're the type who doesn't have any quick answer to the aforementioned medical emergencies, it's high time you started putting your Internet data to good use. Google these questions and you will be directed to several links explaining detailed modes of intervention. In fact, you would be surprised by how easy it is to intervene in life-threatening situations like those listed above.

For health professionals, these things readily flash in our minds but you know the beauty of it all? It's the non-health professionals who get to witness (and rescue) these random outdoor emergencies most times. And this is why you need to start doing better with your Internet usage. The answers are out there for all to read and learn. Not every time "pray, cast and bind the enemies". Sometimes, use your head. Read up and be better equipped for life situations because you may never know who would be affected. It could be your child, parent, spouse or whoever.

Also, you must have heard stories of individuals who died either on their way to the hospital or before help could arrive. People have died because there was nobody to administer CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Some have died because nobody thought to tie a tourniquet around the region of their snakebite wound. On the flip side, some emergency hospital admissions became testimonies simply because of the timely and/or temporary intervention of non-health professionals. Ultimately, you could become an accessory to someone's death or survival depending on the situation you find yourself in.

The bottom line is that it would cost you nothing if you tripled-clicked your browser in a bid to garner basic medical knowledge. Please do the needful. If you have sufficient data, you might want to consider watching YouTube videos as well. There are tens to hundreds of thousands of video demonstrations of rescue attempts in medical emergencies. And by Jove, they're highly beneficial.

If you don't see the need in sharing this piece of advice with your Facebook friends, be kind enough to enlighten your loved ones. I hope you don't get caught off guard.