An example of a weekly tip:
When approaching the scene first assure the scene is safe, i.e. is the vehicle stable, are there power lines involved, leaking gas, traffic, chemicals, etc... if the scene is not safe wait on first responders. You don't want to make their job harder by forcing them to rescue and treat an additional victim.
Keep a pair of rubber gloves in you kit, body substance isolation, protecting yourself from bodily fluids is critical
Assess the patient in the following order A, B, C, D and H and correct as you find:
A = Airway, make sure there is an open airway - you will learn 2 techniques in CPR glass, too hard to explain the difference here, if head or neck injury is suspected. Always suspect head and neck injuries where massive trauma exists or a large force was the mechanism of injury such as a serious motor vehicle accident.
B = Breathing, is the patient breathing. If not you will need to breath for them. You will learn this in conjunction with A above, as airway is critical.
C = Circulation, is the heart pumping blood, if not begin CPR, if alone begin CPR for 2 minutes before taking a break to call for help.
D = Defibrillation, use of AED. Will be taught in CPR class is you take a provider level course.
If the patient is talking to you can assume for the time being A, B, C and D are ok but be alert for changes.
H = Hemorrhage, control bleeding.
Methods of controlling bleeding will be the next tip.
If this is of interest let me know.
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