By Survival Ready Blog Team
Because medical personnel will not always be readily available, you must rely heavily on your own skills and knowledge of life-sustaining methods to survive in the event of a medical emergency.
Prompt and effective action is absolutely necessary in sustaining life activities and preventing or minimizing further suffering and disability. First aid is the emergency care given to the sick, injured, or wounded before being treated by medical personnel. The term first aid can be defined as “urgent and immediate lifesaving and other measures, which can be performed for casualties by non-medical personnel when medical personnel are not immediately available.”
When a you come upon an unconscious or injured person its critical to accurately evaluate the casualty to determine the first aid measures needed to prevent further injury or death.
Here are the top 3 most critical elements when dealing with a medical emergency
- Check for BREATHING: Lack of oxygen intake (through a compromised airway or inadequate breathing) can lead to brain damage or death in very few minutes.
- Check for BLEEDING: Life cannot continue without an adequate volume of blood to carry oxygen to tissues.
- Check for SHOCK: Unless shock is prevented, first aid performed, and medical treatment provided, death may result even though the injury would not otherwise be fatal.