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Why We’re Offering A Coin

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most famous EMS calls ever run. Perhaps not coincidentally, it was transcribed by a physician by the name of St. Luke. Since this physician-saint first recorded that call, virtually nothing has changed in how you run an EMS call:

Emergency event: a man is beaten, robbed and left for dead by the side of the road
Response: a Samaritan, a complete stranger, has compassion for the injured man
Assessment: the good Samaritan assess the man’s injuries
Treatment: he treats the patient’s wounds with oils and wine
Transport: he puts the patient on his donkey and takes him to the nearest inn
Handover: the good Samaritan turns over the patient for higher care

Those six steps are the same six steps that are represented by the Star-of-Life, and they are also the same six steps we use to teach emergency medical response in communities who have no formal response systems – and no EMS academies.

There is also a 7th part of the story, that still rings true today whether you live in Greenwich, Connecticut, or in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: After the Good Samaritan handed over the patient, he left some money to cover the man’s costs.

Emergency care is not free. And injuries, intentional or not, can devastate entire families. Rapid response like that of the Good Samaritan not only saves lives, but it can save families, too.

We’re offering this commemorative challenge coin, inscribed with the Star-of-Life and a rendition of the Good Samaritan, as a way for you to support the training of five first responders. For $25, we can train five young men and women to do the same thing societies have been doing since there’ve been hospitals to transport to for health.

Support a new way to be a Good Samaritan today. Donate $25 to our IndieGoGo campaign here: http://bit.ly/trekmedics-beacon

Thank you.

IndieGoGo campaign – Sept. – Oct. ’13

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