Life-threatening emergencies can happy fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. Do you want to stand by and see people suffer because you do not know what to do? Why get involved when someone is badly injured? According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. Life-threatening injuries require immediate action to prevent a person from dying. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives! Dr. Larry Williams presented “Until Help Arrives-The Role of an Active Bystander at the joint Illinois Academy of General Dentistry & Illinois State Dental Society CE course that was held in conjunction with the ISDS Annual Session on September 6th in St. Louis, MO. In the event of an emergency the attendees learned how to prepare and protect themselves, their families, and their staff, how to assess their surroundings, how to administer first aid care that will help save lives and how to make an effective 911 call. For more information on this important topic go to www.ready.gov.