Lets just recap the principles of First Aid:
To preserve life
To protect the casualty from further harm
To promote recovery
Remember here that it also goes past the ‘find it, fix it’ to after care. Keep looking out for delayed symptoms and general health following the incident.
Good river guides come across this on a daily basis.
It’s about client care first and foremost.
This short tale from raft guide trainer Mark Hirst highlights the issues.
In this series I am pleased to offer a ‘dirty’ First Aid approach. This is suited to kayakers and river users. Using a ‘find it fix it’ approach to incident care and management.
In our last article we looked at the Primary Assessment of a casualty. Now we move forward to a secondary assessment – here we deal direct with an injury or medical condition.
We will under take a full head to toe exam. Time to take a SAMPLE and deal with obvious injuries. Lets not rush at it – it needs to be spot on.
S – Signs and symptoms
A – Allergies
M – Medications
P – Previous medical issues
L – Last meal
E – Events
This sample is simple, we find it we fix it.