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Day 3

Over the last 3 days we have looked at the an accident scene in the 3 images below. Also below are 5 questions which were available to answer each day. Let’s look at the scenario and the questions again:

You are travelling down the same road behind the dark blue VW car when you come across this accident. You have 8 bystanders available to you who have arrived at the scene. They have no first aid training but are willing to help you in any way you direct them to.

  1. Where will you park your vehicle to maximise your safety? Answer: Park your vehicle behind the dark blue VW, leaving sufficient distance to avoid any concertina effect. Putting on your hazard lights and placing a warning triangle, if available.
  2. How will you manage the accident scene? Answer: Firstly, you will check for any dangers. Use your bystanders to secure the outer perimeter of the scene. Using other available bystanders place them with each person involved in the incident.
  3. What hazards are there that could hurt you? Answer: Glass, petrol, any residual contents from the truck, blood and any other bodily fluids, traffic,…….the list could continue.
  4. How many potential patients are there? Answer: There are potentially 5 patients. The driver of the VW, the driver of the second car, the driver of the truck, the person sitting by the side of the road and the cyclist.
  5. Who will you treat first and why? Answer: The person who is the quietest and not responding would be the first person to offer care to.

From looking at this scene it shows the importance why checking for our own safety is the top of the list of things to do!! The first photo does NOT give you the full view of the accident scene.

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Tomorrow, we will start our look at some updates and changes to First Aid….

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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. 

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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Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.

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