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AMBULANCE., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— The public of Dunedin are unquestionably anything but an apathetic community as regards fostering and supporting organisations of various kinds, if one may form an opinion after looking at the large number of institutions (hat an notified in ‘ Stone’s Directory ’ under the beading of ‘ Societies ’; yet we do not bear of much interest being taken in one that was recently formed, although it is of considerable importance—viz., the Ambulance Association. Probably the reason why such indifference is manifested on the part of Dunedinites is the fact that they are in lamentable ignorance of the aims and ends of this Association, that its promoters are actuated from a purely philanthropic standpoint for the purpose of disseminating general information regarding the preliminary treatment of those (irrespective of creed or class) who meet with an accident, and are, perhaps, seriously injured. Frequently an accident happens in our midst, and the victim is to treatment that .considerably intensifies his suffering, which might have been avoided if the parties who came in contact with him had been instructed in the first rudiments of ambulance. And how often have we heard of people nearly bleeding to death when an artery has been severed, because the spectators have not understood the simple process of extemporising a tourniquet. A large number of people make a point of regularly taking a dip in the briny daring the bathing season, and how frequently some come to a premature death by drowning, yet how few understand the right method of treating tha apparently drowned, it is deplorable to reflect how many lives have been sacrificed, and how much unnecessary pain might have been avoided, did people but possess the knowledge of bow to take the requisite steps for the restoration of life or the alleviation of pain ; and in calling public attention to this subject, I trust that someone better acquainted with ambulance will give us the benefit of his ideas on the matter.—l am, etc., W.B.F, Dunedin, May 15.
AMBULANCE., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889
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