Providing Emergency Care: Types & Methods

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will teach you the first important steps you may need to take during an emergency situation and some basic but important life-saving techniques you can use during such an emergency.

Lifeguards, police officers and doctors are all well-trained individuals who are capable of rendering aid when you need it most.

You do not have to be any one of those, however, to actually help other people!

Just put on your action hero suit, fly to save little babies in distress and bring down evil bank robbers with an atomic gun. Ok, maybe I'm going a little overboard. But you truly can be a real-life hero and may one day find yourself in a situation where you have to be one.

Maybe you'll encounter a person who is choking or whose heart has stopped beating, and they will rely on your aid to save their life. Thus, let's cover some important ways you can provide emergency care to those in need.

Check, Call & Care

When dealing with an emergency situation, your very first step would be to check the situation. You need to figure out if there's a bear coming after you, if there's a raging river, if a bad guy is lurking somewhere in the shadows, if a power line is down somewhere and so on. Essentially, you must ensure the scene is safe enough for both yourself and the victim.

If all is safe, proceed to check the victim. Shout 'Are you OK?' to see if there's a response. Gently shake the person and tap their shoulder to gauge for a reaction.

After you've quickly assessed the basics of the situation and victim, call 911 if they're not responsive or have consented to the call if they are responsive. Give the emergency services as much information about yourself, the victim, what happened and anything else they ask of you.

Finally, you need to care for the victim. If the person is unconscious, tilt their head, lift their chin and then check to see if they're breathing, but don't spend more than 10 seconds on this. Occasional gasps do not count as breathing in this case.

Also, scan for severe bleeding and perform the care your training allows you to, the 911 operator instructs you to follow, or by using some basic techniques below, if appropriate.

Check, call and care: these are the first three steps during an emergency.

The Heimlich Maneuver & CPR

In movie after movie - one that comes to mind is Mrs. Doubtfire - people seem to choke on something during dinnertime, resulting in an emergency problem.

The Heimlich maneuver, a first aid technique for older children and adults who are choking, is often times dramatized by the actors in those films.

If you see someone is conscious and choking in real life, go help the person while someone else calls 911. Bend the person at the waist and give them five back blows with the heel of your hand, right between their shoulder blades.

Then place your arms around the choking victim's waist. Put the fist of one hand just above the person's belly button. Make sure the fist's thumb is facing inwards. After that, grab your first with the other hand. Thereafter, thrust your fist upwards and inwards really quickly five times in succession.

Repeat the five-and-five procedure by alternating five back blows and five thrusts until whatever caused the blockage is dislodged.

In other emergency instances, a person may suffer from cardiac arrest. This is kind of a problem since the heart is supposed to beat and circulate blood around the body. If that process stops, a person's organs begin to shut down and fail.

If you've been trained in CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, you know that you need to perform chest compressions, clear the airway and give rescue breaths. But you do not even need training in CPR to help save a person's life.

It has been shown that chest compressions alone, something that just about everyone can do, can save a person's life. Here's what you can do without any official training in CPR after you've called 911 and have established that the person isn't breathing.

Put the person on their back on a hard surface. Kneel next to their neck and shoulders. Keeping your elbows straight, place the heel of one hand on the center of the person's chest, right between their nipples. Take your other hand and place it on top of the first hand. Your shoulders should be right above your hands as you do this.

Now, using your upper body weight, compress the chest at least two inches. Continue doing so, 100 compressions a minute, until rescue personnel arrive or the person begins to show signs of movement.

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