…..the person. If no response – grasp and squeeze and shout – Hello there, are you ok?
Next we send for help. Call 111. Remember, if you ask someone else to call 111 for you then get them to let you know that the this has been done.
Now we open the person’s airway – kneeling next to the person we place two fingers under their chin and the heal of our other hand on their forehead and gently but firmly tilt their head back. (head, tilt chin lift).
Now we check for breathing – Place your ear close to their mouth looking down towards their feet, look at their chest/stomach for any breathing movements, listen with your ear and feel with your cheek for any breathing.
If the person is breathing normally then we check around them for any bleeding. If bleeding is present then we need to stop it. If they are not breathing then we need to commence CPR asap (we will cover this tomorrow) – Today our person is breathing.
Once we have stopped any bleeding we then treat the person for shock. Keep them warm, cover them with a blanket or a coat but do not overheat.
Now we place them into the recovery position. Monitor for changes in their condition until help arrives.
When the emergency services arrive try to provide as much information as you can about what has happened.
Tomorrow we will look at the DRSABCD….
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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.
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