According to a Red Cross Survey, too many people have a fear of taking action when someone needs help. The report suggests, for anyone finding themselves in a life-threatening emergency situation, there’s a 50-50 chance someone will actually step forward to offer first aid.
The survey found:
By administering immediate care during an emergency, you can help an ill or injured person before EMS, or Emergency Medical Services, arrive. You may even help save a life. However, even after training, remembering the right first aid steps – and administering them correctly – can be difficult. In order to help you deliver the right care at the right time, the Red Cross has created this simple step-by-step guide that you can print up and place on your refrigerator, in your car, in your bag or at your desk.
1. Before administering care to an ill or injured person, check the scene and the person. Size up the scene and form an initial impression.
Pause and look at the scene and the person before responding. Answer the following questions:
2. If the Person is awake and Responsive and there is no severe life-threatening bleeding:
3. If the Person Appears Unresponsive:
Shout to get the person’s attention, using the person’s name if it is known. If there is no response, tap the person’s shoulder (if the person is an adult or child) or the bottom of the person’s foot (if the person is an infant) and shout again, while checking for normal breathing. Check for Responsiveness and breathing for no more than 5-10 seconds.
4. If the person is breathing:
5. If the person is NOT breathing:
Note: End CPR if the scene becomes unsafe or you cannot continue due to exhaustion.
Often, the first responders that save lives are not medically trained professionals. It is essential, in those first few minutes, those who need medical attention receive care, even from those not necessarily medically trained.
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