Sunday, June 28, 2009


The standard priority for first aid has been airway, breathing and circulation for nearly as long as I can remember. When officers are shot in the line of duty, this ABC may not be the best method of prioritization. A gunshot would will cause massive bleeding, so perhaps the priority should be to treat the circulation problem first.

Slapping on direct pressure or a quick tourniquet to stop bleeding may be a better solution to clearing the airway or checking the breathing. Gunshot wounds will cause massive bleeding, they may or may not create airway or breathing problems. This is especially critical when the wounded person is in an area of danger.

Of course, ABC is still the standard, and I am not advocating that you abandon it most of the time. There may be occasions where controlling bleeding is the most important thing you can do, so that you can move the victim out of the kill zone; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Also remember that if a victim is screaming or complianing in any way that tells you immediately that the A and B has been established and if they are activly bleeding then the C is indicated.

Bunkermeister said...

Good call P&S!