Law proposal aims to improve training and create "lifeguard citizen" status

First aid mannequin. Drawing. – HARAZ N. GHANBARI / AP / SIPA

  • France is lagging behind its European neighbors in first aid.
  • Yet the first minutes during a cardiac arrest or stroke are crucial to improve the life-threatening and limit the sequelae.
  • LREM MP Jean-Charles Colas-Roy defends before the Assembly a bill that aims to better train citizens, create a National Day of the fight against sudden death and a status of "citizen rescuer".

This Wednesday at 11:00, 300 people, deputies, administrative and even Richard Ferrand, president of the National Assembly, will learn to do a heart massage during a large operation of first aid awareness at the Hotel de Lassay. Because if defibrillators enthroned in all public places, it is necessary to know how to use them and not to fear to worsen the state of an unconscious person. That's why the LREM MP from Isère
Jean-Charles Colas-Roy defends this Tuesday at the Assembly
a bill to fight sudden death and raise awareness of saving actions.

40,000 to 50,000 sudden deaths a year

If associations and firefighters offer inexpensive training throughout the country, France is still lagging behind on first aid. "In France, sudden cardiac arrests account for 40,000 to 50,000 deaths a year with a survival rate of 7% while in the Nordic countries, where citizens are better trained, these figures reach more than 20%," said the deputy, contacted by 20 minutes shortly before his appearance before the deputies at 17:30. If in France we reached this figure, we could save 3,000 lives, the equivalent of the dead
road accident. This is a major public health issue. And the rapporteur of this bill, unanimously adopted by the commission, hoped that it would be voted on Tuesday, then be validated by the parliamentary shuttle and adopted definitively in the coming months.

Creation of a "lifeguard citizen" status

In this law, the deputies wish to create a status of "citizen rescuer". A repeated request from many associations of first aid. Why ? "A question that comes up often during training is" what happens if I hurt? ", Jean-Charles Colas-Roy continues. This status is important to indicate to our fellow citizens that there is no risk in first aid. It is better to do bad than to do nothing. And this "citizen rescuer" can not be prosecuted if things go wrong. Will it be necessary to ask for this status? No, it is obligatorily if one intervenes on a person in vital distress, even when one is not formed. And the text also suggest the creation of a National Day to Combat Sudden Death. "Because it's a communication issue," says the MP for Isère. Sudden death is a lot of deaths but it is considered a fatality. "

Train more to saving gestures

The bill also aims to make more French aware of the actions that save: know how to alert, perform a cardiac massage and use a defibrillator. "The rescue takes 11 to 13 minutes to intervene, recalls the rapporteur. Every minute that passes, it's 10% less chance of survival. The first minutes are crucial, so it is the close, the colleague, the passerby who can do these things. "

Marseille June 20, 2012 - On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the canebière fire station, an initiation to first aid gestures for children takes place at Léon Blum square
Marseille June 20, 2012 – On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the canebière fire station, an introduction to first aid gestures for children takes place at Léon Blum Square – P.MAGNIEN / 20 MINUTES

With a course of 1:30 at the entrance to the college, in 6th or 5th, which should eventually reach all college students. Another target audience: employees of companies before retirement. Finally, the sports referees. "Today, only 30% of French people are trained, says MP LREM. We have a goal of achieving 80% in the coming years, this bill is part of this goal. It would be wonderful to get there before the 2024 Olympics! "

Punishing degradations of defibrillators

It is not uncommon for defibrilators to be diverted from their original purpose and become projectiles rather than protections. MEPs propose to increase criminal sanctions against those who degrade defibrillators. Today, someone who steals a defibrillator risks three years imprisonment and 45,000 euros fine, someone who degrades him incurs 5 years in prison and 75,000 euros fine.

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