Volume 3, 2021

 

INVESTIGATION OF PREPAREDNESS FOR FIRST AID IN CASE OF A WATER INCIDENT IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF BULGARIA

Dimitar Stavrev
Pages: 29-35


ABSTRACT: In view of the specifics of medical care for water injuries, it is extremely important to assess the level of preparation of citizens who, for domestic, professional or other reasons, find themselves at the scene of a water accident. The aim of the present study is to analyze the opportunities and attitudes of active members of society to provide assistance in case of marine water incidents.
The tasks to be performed for the achievement are the preparation of a short questionnaire for self-assessment of preparedness for assistance in case of a water accident, selection of appropriate participants, collection and processing of data, summarization, analysis and evaluation of results.
The survey method was used. In the period 2019 - 2020, 942 volunteers from different cities were surveyed.
Comparing the results of the survey found no significant differences in the responses of residents of the large regional city and those of residents of small villages in the area. All respondents declare a high degree of first aid skills. When asked about the specifics of first aid for drowning, less than half declare that they are aware of this feature. The preparation for rendering help and self-help the respondents received mainly from the BRC system, less from educational institutions and to a very low degree from the family and the mass information providers.

 

Keywords: first aid, marine medicine, water rescue, water injury

 

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