Keeping yourself safe must always be the priority when assisting someone with such an injury.
Check for hazards and dangers. Call 111, avoid unnecessary movement of the person or the object.
DO NOT remove the object because it may be plugging the wound and restricting bleeding.
Apply padding around or on each side of the protruding object, with pressure over the padding.
Keep the person calm and reassure them and treat them for shock until help arrives.
When people are conscious, talk to them and check they are happy to be helped. Explain what you will do to assist them. Great communication can make all the difference to a person in pain.
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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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