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December 31, 1932


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Staff Physician, First Aid Service, American National Red Cross

JAMA. 1932;99(27):2282. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740790052032

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To the Editor:  —In rereading some copies of The Journal I find an editorial comment entitled "Physiologic Death and Artificial Respiration (April 23, p. 1471). The statement is made that "public utility companies could render a still greater public service if they would offer to provide instruction to the public in the proper methods of artificial respiration."I want to give the doctors a clearer idea of just what is being done by our First Aid Service and to explain the plan and purpose of its work.The American Red Cross First Aid Service was originated in 1910. The primary purpose is accident prevention in that it has been found that persons trained in first aid are safer workmen. Secondly and almost equally important is proper first aid until medical aid is secured. This includes such important measures as artificial respiration, digital pressure for control of bleeding, and proper transportation

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