I am frequently told stories about coming up on the scene of a car accident.
These stories are almost always told in a way that describes a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty.
Most people go about their day completely unaware that on their way home from work, they’ll come across a bad car crash, and when they are presented with the unexpected, they realize how unprepared they are to handle it.
This adds to the stress of the situation greatly because they’re don’t know what to do. In this article we’ll explore a few topics so you’re better prepared to help someone who needs it.
Continue reading Car Wreck First on Scene: What to Do Pt 1
“If the tourniquet isn’t high and tight, you’re wrong.”
While this isn’t wrong advice, it’s important to understand where this tourniquet procedure came from and why we’re constantly being told to place the TQ as high up on the limb as possible.
Continue reading Is a “High and Tight” Tourniquet Wrong?
The hardest part about emergency trauma care is managing the chaos that tends to invade every situation. Basic first aid is surprisingly simple, but the nature of it being an emergency rachets up the stress and quickly makes those simple things surprisingly difficult.
So, since the hard part of emergencies is really just about managing high levels of stress, how can we be more effective first responders?
Professionals are no different then you, they just have better methods of managing the stress. Let’s look at some of the ways to prevent being overwhelmed when everything and everyone around you seems to be falling apart.
Continue reading Handling Emergencies Like a Pro: Part 1
Reporter: “What were you thinking when you jumped in to save them?”
Citizen Hero: “I didn’t. I didn’t think, I just reacted.”
Maybe you’ve heard a statement like this in a news story when a hero leaps into action, and without a thought, puts themselves at great risk to save the life of another person.
While I share the respect and admiration which is only natural to give to someone who risks everything for a stranger, I also understand the nature of emergencies.
Here are some reasons you why shouldn’t try to save someone:
Continue reading Why You Should NOT Rescue Someone in Danger