A Time to ACT — Antidote, CPR/AED, Tourniquet in South Snohomish County

  • Source: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
  • Published: 06/06/2019 12:00 AM

ACT is a novel first-aid program that targets opioid overdoses, cardiac arrests & hemorrhage control. Over time, threats to society have changed. In order to mitigate negative consequences and maximize opportunity, society must develop programs designed to adapt to change. The first five minutes of a life-threatening emergency are critical. Citizens must be trained to act in these moments. Unfortunately, the percentage of citizens trained to provide first aid on an annual basis remains in the single digits. This article will explain the reasons behind the low percentages of citizens being trained and utilized to address critical emergencies in their community, as well as detail a revised first-aid program that was developed based on these findings and current leading threats to modern society. The ACT (i.e., Antidote, CPR/AED, Tourniquet) program provides an evidence-based approach that effectively and efficiently empowers a greater portion of the public to save a life.


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