A good Samaritan by simple and perspective terms is a person or persons who realizes that someone is in need of help and takes immediate action to relieve their anguish or despair. The person in need may be someone who has car trouble and obviously needs help, a little old lady or man having trouble crossing the street, or anything that indicates that a person needs help. One of the most recognized and historical activities that good Samaritans involved themselves in are people in need of medical attention. Cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and vehicle collisions are at the top.
Good Samaritans are people like you and I. Simple people who go by our everyday activities and suddenly discover a person in need. These good Samaritans may not be trained in the art of saving lives, but they recognize what needs to be done. Even if someone happens to be clueless on what to do, the reliable cellphone is removed from their pocket or purse and 911 is called. The 911 operator gives advice to the good Samaritan and steps are taken to save a life.
Some may wonder what laws cover the good Samaritan. Well, to be specific and simple, there are laws that protect people who try to help people. For instance, if someone is in cardiac arrest, the good Samaritan does Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The Good Samaritan Law (GSL) prevents the person who is helping to get sued successfully. However, if the good Samaritan goes beyond their training which is doing something outside of what he or she has been taught, getting sued successfully will easily become a reality. Therefore, staying within an individual level of training will protect another person who is being helpful.
The good Samaritan who helps someone from a vehicle collision may be under the impression that pulling a victim out of the car is a situation that protects them from litigation. On the contrary! Should a person witness another person crash in their car, and the car is not in danger of fire, smoke, or explosion, and the good Samaritan pulls the victim from the car, successful litigation could occur. This is because by pulling the victim from the vehicle, the good Samaritan may cause temporary or permanent paralysis. If this type of situation occurs, the best course of action is to wait and allow emergency services to remove the victim from the vehicle.
In some situations when the victim remains in the vehicle and removing them may be detrimental for the good Samaritan, and the victim has profuse bleeding, trying to stop the bleeding is a situation protected by the GSL. The rescuer must remember to protect themselves from the victims’ blood because diseases are carried within it. A simple precaution is to use heavy clothing when nothing else is available and apply direct pressure.In addition, remember that situations sometimes change from bad to worse, and the person helping becomes aware of it, and takes the appropriate safety precautions to get themselves to a distance.
Due to the current status of the world with the COVID 19 virus, the good Samaritan must be prepared with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Keep gloves, mask, goggles or other eye protection in your vehicle because someone will need your help. Do not approach a person without it. Remember that many people are symptomatic which means they are not showing symptoms and may never will. This does not mean that exposure will not occur. Also, wash your hands for twenty minutes after helping someone in need.
Good Samaritans of the world come in many forms and nationalities. A victim of a different nationality should not be held back from receiving help. All indifferences, if any, must be set aside because we as the human race must move forward in the future and disregard all of the negative teachings of our past. People are people developed as an extremely complex collections of anatomy and intelligence. We must help each other and stepping into the need of someone who requires medical attention, or attention by any other means should not be ignored. Do CPR! Call 911! Help that elderly person stand after they have fallen and offer the gift of friendship and love. Other people will notice it and follow through by helping someone else in their future.