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…..information may be critical to the safety of the rescuer. Consideration is also given to any present dangers that may be impacting the injured or sick person. It may result in a decision that would otherwise be considered the unnecessary movement of the person. Still, the circumstances are such that not moving them would place them and rescuers at risk. The presence of bystanders should also be part of the check for danger. Not only may they pose a threat to the rescuer, but they may also need to be moved from the scene to ensure their safety.
One last tip when observing for potential dangers do not only consider what is directly in front of you. For example, a person that has fallen from a height may have dislodged roof tiles. A check for dangers from above in these circumstances would be prudent.
*Please note the current published CPR guidance below applicable during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Tomorrow we will continue to look at the steps to follow when resuscitation is required.
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