…..news; the person is breathing normally. It means, however, that there is another cause of their lack of response. The next check focuses on sourcing any life-threatening bleeding being present. Most bleeds result from cuts and injuries and are not life-threatening. Conducting a check around the person’s body is next, looking for any pooling of blood. From there ensure no blood or fluids are leaking from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Look for a medic alert bracelet, necklace or anklet. A medic alert will alert you to any medical conditions they may have and could be the reason for their non responsiveness.
In our DRSABCD the “C” stands for CPR, however :-
- If breathing, is there bleeding? We need to stop this.
- If not breathing, we need to start CPR immediately to keep blood circulating around the body. But we will need to stop any SEVERE bleeding first.
Tune in tomorrow when we will cover the next step…..
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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