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Jakarta Post

First aid needed: Doctors

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 28 2008   /  10:49 am

Because many people injured in road accidents die on the way to the hospital, physicians have encouraged the public to learn how to administer basic first aid in emergency situations. "More victims of road accidents are brought to the morgue at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital than to the hospital's care unit," said vascular surgeon Suhartono. "More people die on the way to the hospital." Suhartono was speaking at a seminar held by the University of Indonesia's School of Medicine in Central Jakarta last week. The seminar was promoting a safer community by encouraging the public to learn the correct way to apply first aid in cases of emergency. Suhartono said traffic accidents were the most common cause of injury in the capital, compared to workplace and domestic accidents and fires. "About 90 percent of traffic accid...