The team at Immediate Response First Aid training are privileged to have the chance to provide people with our First Aid courses. Our aim is assisting others.
Our goal is to raise awareness and on how to manage medical emergencies like:
And to teach people the skills to act with injuries like:
First Aid is about knowing simple, lifesaving skills. Each week I am going to discuss ways these issues can be managed.
The information I provide is in accordance with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines, but is intended as tip for emergency assistance only.
To ensure you too can assist others you should begin a First Aid Training Course.
The 1st tip I will pass on to you is this:
If the injury/situation looks bad, call for emergency help, trust me Paramedics would prefer to arrive at a job where the casualty is now recovering then to get there too late, use and trust your own instincts.
This week’s management
Managing a suspected Spinal Injury:
Creating further damage when dealing with a suspected spinal injury is always a great concern for first aiders.
The vertebrae is in 5 sections and contains 28 bones (some of these are fused to create a “joined bone”) and of course supports and protects the spinal cord which is carrying signals from the brain to different parts of the body.
If the injured person is conscious and can give symptoms of the pain eg: tingling in the hands, feet, or worse no sense of felling at all leave them on their back or in the position you have found them, avoid any movement of their vertebrae assisting with immobilization if possible. If you are trained to do so and the equipment is available apply a neck brace or collar for support, constantly monitor their A.B.C and treat for shock while you are waiting for the professionals.
If the injured person is unconscious we should still be concerned about the movement of the vertebrae and must manage the causality with as much care as possible but in this case the causality must be rolled onto their side into the lateral position ensuring spinal alignment as this is done.
The reason the unconscious causality must be moved is that there is a greater risk of blocking of the airway by their tongue or aspirating (choking on their vomit) when left on their back which will result in suffocation of the causality. The A.R.C (Australian Resuscitation Council) states that “airway management must take precedence over ever other condition including spinal damage”.
I look forward to giving more tips and information and how to assist others who may be in trouble.