10 Different Ways You Can Save A Life Today
Every day offers you an opportunity to save a life. You could be a shoulder to lean on for a friend in need, save a drowning child from a pool, perform CPR, or donate blood. Those are a few ways lives are saved every day. Most of us are not put in positions regularly to be heroes. Fortunately drownings and CPR are not every day occurrences for the general public. Some people perform heroic acts everyday as the result of their career choice. Firefighters, Doctors, Paramedics, and members of our military are out in the field daily doing these things. For the rest of us, we can take action today to help save a life in the future. Some of these are simples processes and ideas, while others require a little more commitment from you. Here is our top 10 list of life saving action items that can be taken today.
#1 Become A Blood Donor
Blood transfusions happen everyday and for different reasons. Victims of violent crimes, car accidents, cancer patients, birthing mothers, and many more. Anyone can become the recipient of a blood transfusion, and anyone can donate blood. Blood banks are constantly searching for new donors as they are constantly in need of new blood supplies. Donating blood is a fairly quick and simple process that can be done on your lunch hour. Connivence is key for many people and donor trucks are a great way to donate without having to go too far our of your way. you can find donor trucks in the parking lots of various city businesses like the library or city hall. Donate blood today to save a life now or in the future.
#2 Become A Bone Marrow Transplant Donor
There are cancer patients all over the world that are in need of a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow and stem cell transplant donors are saving the lives of many patients that are in need. Unlike blood donations, bone marrow and stem cell donations are not convenient and require a little more commitment from the donor. Diseases like leukemia are life threatening but can be treated medically with bone marrow and stem cell transplants. You can register to become a stem cell and bone marrow transplant donor by visiting https://www.giftoflife.org/. Get swabbed and become a life saving bone marrow donor match today.
#3 Learn The Heimlich Maneuver
People choke to death daily, from kids to adults. The Heimlich maneuver is a pretty simple way to prevent death. The maneuver is applied when an object becomes lodged into the windpipe of an individual and needs to be dislodged. You have seen it done in many movies, maybe you have applied it before, or maybe you know how to perform the technique. You would be surprised by the amount of people that do not know how to perform the Heimlich. Don’t be that person that someone else dies around because you couldn’t help them. Go take a short class on it and prepare yourself to save a life.
#4 Donate Your Organs
Don’t wait until it’s time to renew your license to become a certified organ donor. Head down to your local DMV and get a new license. During the process you can check the box that states you want to be an organ donor. People all over the world are in need of organ transplants, and if you were to die today, you could save a life tomorrow. You can sign up to become an organ donor here at https://organdonor.gov/register.html.
#5 Learn CPR
There are plenty of places where you can become certified in CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a life saving process anyone can use on someone that is no longer breathing. You have seen the process in the movies and on TV, it’s time that you get a CPR certification. The process is also pretty simple and only requires you and your body, no special tools are needed to save a life. The process requires the individual performing CPR to compress the chest of the individual that is not breathing. In addition to the chest compression, the individual performing CPR will also need to provide artificial ventilation through mouth to mouth resuscitation.
#6 Make Yourself Available To Others
You may be doing fine, but others around you may be suffering internally. This could be kids, co-workers, spouse, or friends. Anyone can suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts. Keeping communications open with the people around you can save a life one day. Talk with your loved ones, let them know you are there and available should they ever need anything. Set up a Facebook page or attend local meet ups where people who need support attend to receive it. Be that supporting anchor in the lives of loved one or a complete stranger. Make yourself available to others.
#7 Empower The Youth In Your Life
Suicides and mass school shootings in our schools seems to make up the typical school year for American kids. With social media and cameras on every phone, it’s next to impossible for kids to evade bullying and harassment. By empowering tour youth to be strong and take a stand against something that is not right, we can help them make the right decisions, and potentially help those in need. Bullying and harassment can drive kids to suicidal thoughts and can even push them to the point where a mass school shooting could become an option for them. Keeping the communication lines open with our youth and encouraging them to reach out to those they see in need of a hug or a helping hand can prevent these tragedies from happening. These talks can start today and have an impact on tomorrow.
#8 Do Not Drive Under The Influence
People are killed every day by drunk drivers, by not getting behind the wheel of a car under the influence of drugs and alcohol you can prevent tragedies like this from happening. With affordable taxi options available at the swipe of your smart phone you should never have a reason to get behind the wheel of a car impaired. Services like Uber and Lyft are affordable enough that it’s worth spending the money to save a life.
#9 Know Your Way Around The Buildings You Frequent
One of the first things I do when I walk into a restaurant, mall, movie theatre, or anything remotely close to those buildings I immediately scope out the exit options, stair cases, fire extinguishers, and the people there. When you arrive at an amusement park or any large venue you should locate all exits, first aid centers, bathrooms, and visitors center. For Disney land I download a PDF of the Disneyland park map. I also scan the room and assume alliances and potential threats. While this can be difficult to do just judging by appearance, I typically reserve judgment for people that are obviously acting in a manner that would associate with being on drugs or under the influence of a controlled substance.
#10 Stay Healthy
Have you ever heard the saying “you can’t help the poor if you are one of them”? I think this applies to your health and helping others also. If you are not taking care of yourself you may be at risk of various illnesses both mental and physical. Keeping weight down, exercising regularly, and getting checkups frequently is a great way to stay healthy and keep you in a position to help others.