…..The person appears to be in their 30s-40s.
Having established there were no dangers the bystanders tell you they found them in this position and they have not moved since they arrived.
Your next steps are to consider – How long have they been there? Are they asleep, drunk, breathing? Are they RESPONSIVE?
To check for a response, maintain a safe distance and:
- Where possible, come down to their hearing level.
- Call out to the person on the ground, if they do not respond, approach them cautiously, be aware of the position of their head, arms and legs as things that could potentially cause you harm.
- Reach out with your arm then firmly grasp and squeeze the shoulder nearest you.
- At the same time speak again to the person on the ground asking them, “hello there, are you ok?” or “open your eyes”.
Your next course of action will be decided by the Response you get to your checks. See tomorrow’s tip to learn more…..
Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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