This BTN story talked about resuscitation. Resuscitation is is a skill everyone should know because you never know when someones life will be hanging in the balance and you are the only person who can help. When you learn Resuscitation there are 6 steps you need to follow or for short DRSABC.
D-Danger, check the surroundings for any potential dangers if there are shards of glass clear the area so you are not in danger. If there are other problems like oil or gas leeks move the patient away from from the problem. Just remember never put yourself in danger, consult with the ambulance and they will tell you what to do.
R- Response, Ask questions to your patient to check if they are knocked out. Questions you should ask are, can you hear me? What’s your name? Open your eyes? If there is no response it is time for step S.
S- Send For Help, In this step you ring 000 (the emergency service), when you ring them they will ask you, what do you need? In response say the ambulance, secondly they will ask you, where you are? Here just tell them the number, street and suburb the problem has occurred at. From here never break the call as the ambulance will be instructing you and asking you questions towards the patient.
A- Airways, The next question the ambulance will ask you is, are they breathing? When they ask you this make it as easy as it can be to breath, so lie them on their side, tilt their head up a fraction and have there face on about a 35 degree angle towards the ground.
B- Now to answer this question do three things the first is to;
- check if you can see their stomach moving up and down
- try to hear their breathing through their mouth and nose
- and lastly try to feel their breathing from their mouth and nose
If none of these things have been met it is time for C
C- CPR or (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), put you hands out strait at the bottom/middle of their chest and press down hard for 30 times, then two breaths. Repeat this until the ambulance arrives. If there is still no response from the patient the ambulance crew will perform D, (defibrillation).
Performing DRSABC may be hard but it is something you should learn and use if needed. But I still wonder if there are better ways to save peoples lives?