Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies

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Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies

Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study from the University of Waterloo suggests.

The study, which used computer modeling of a flooded subway station, found overall survival rates were substantially higher when strong people in a 30-member group reached safety themselves before trying to help weaker people.

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SandpitMedic

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Well I could have told you that without a fancy study.
Of course, without a fancy name for the organization asserting such common sense ideas, some folks just won't believe it.
 

akflightmedic

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I do not recall where I learned it or heard it, yet I have repeated it many, many times in the courses I have taught, the students I have precepted, etc

MA-1 Go ahead and say it out loud MA-1.

My A** First.

Then my partner, then my patient.
 

CALEMT

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As messed up as it sounds when **** gets real I revert bag to a IGM (I got mine) mentality. Meaning I get me first before others. Mainly because of my ethos or code that no matter what I'm going to do everything I can to make it home alive. That entails saving myself before saving others. Why this was a study I have no idea, this has been a common thing for a while now.
 

VentMonkey

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no matter what, I'm going to do everything I can to make it home alive.
This^^^ x 1,000,000. Also, haha I haven't heard the acronym "IGM" since paramedic school; must be a Broside term. One of our proctors used it...a lot.
 

VentMonkey

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I learned it when I was a seasonal. Didn't hear it again till I was in medic school.
Nah, bro. Totally a Broside thing, bro. Bro what I'm sayin'?...
 

CALEMT

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Nah, bro. Totally a Broside thing, bro. Bro what I'm sayin'?...
There's a line from pulp fiction that I would post if it weren't totally irrelevant to the at hand topic.
 

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When in doubt i always go in aimlessly, at times i strap myself to the roof of the ambulance with Red and Blue flashlights and put on performance!
Any civil service field job its always your life first. Learned it in LE, Learned it in EMS, and I'm making an assumption for firefighters as well.
 

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