Shocking Facts

General Information

  • At least one in every 13 South Africans will have trauma this year.
  • Every 30 minutes somebody in South Africa dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
  • For every person that dies, 86 are admitted for treatment at a medical facility.
  • Over 15,000 interpersonal deaths (Murders, suicides, hijackings, etc.) are reported every year.
  • Hi-jacings is up with 12.3% in 2013/2014. 
  • Due to a lack of appropriate information at the time of the incident at least one in every eight trauma patients will receive incorrect medical treatment.
  • Crisis situations can strike at any time, be it a medical emergency, trauma, vehicle, criminal or household related incident.
  • Specialists are not always available at all hospitals.
  • Your chance  to be in a crash this year is 1/81
  • When a trauma incident occurs, the patient"s life clock starts to tick. TIME = LIFE
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Purses and Handbags

CARTE Blanche - “Your card or your life” (9 November 2003)

“It is easy in an emergency – a car accident or hijacking – to be separated from your wallet or your purse containing your medical aid card. The inability to produce this information at a private hospital may lead to a delay that could compromise your chance for survival.”

Sometimes people are under the impression that their medical aid membership card will be a passport to a private medical facility. The reality is that even a card with your photo and information will be of little help as handbags and wallets are often separated from patients. (Effective identification means something that you wear on your body, like an armband.)

Cell Phone and Information

Paramedics struggled to obtain information regarding the injured during the explosions on the underground in June 2005. They came afterwards with a “solution” that people save information regarding their next of kin under the code “I. C. E.” (In Case of Emergency) on their cell phone.  When someone then phones the ICE option it will bring them in contact with relatives. It sounded like a very good idea but the following restrictions were recorded:

  • Cell phones are very often stolen on accident scenes or removed from the owner as a result of the impact of the accident.
  • Cell phones often brake as a result of the accident or are trapped somewhere in the wreckage of the car and cannot be reached.
  • It is in most cases very difficult to link a specific patient with a specific cell phone.
  • Relatives are not also up to date with the patient’s medical conditions, allergies, medications of medical aid details.
  • The relative listed under ICE may be involved in the same accident.

 It may take precious time and faulty information may cause chaos.

Treatment from a specialist

Patients need in many cases urgent specialist treatment. Hospitals do not always have a specialist immediately available. Paramedics sometimes have to go from one hospital to another to find a specialist that can treat his patient immediately. Time = Life.

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