Friday, March 13, 2015

First Aid

When responding to a medical call, go straight to the location and park as close as possible, leaving proper space for the paramedics and ambulance.  Remember to protect yourself.  Wear eye protection to avoid bodily fluids in your eyes.  Wear gloves to protect your hands from contamination.

Check out the area to insure you are safe.  Downed power lines may be active.  A crime victim may have his assailant nearby.  Diving into swift water is too dangerous to attempt without proper gear and training.  A dog attack victim might be near a dangerous dog.

Make sure there is no new danger to the victim.  A building or car on fire means you may need to move the victim right away.  How many victims are there, maybe some can self evacuate.  Direct other first responders, and even bystanders can be helpful; that's what the SGT Says.

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