Is this an ideal area to asses and care for the patient?How many people require first aid?Will this area put the patient or myself at any risk?
Upon discovering the patient, the first thing I am going to do is check the scence.
I will tap them on the shoulder and say, "Hi, I'm Christina! Are you okay?"
Once I have determined the area is suitable, I will begin to assess the patient's state.
If there is no response, I will begin to asses their ABC's
A - AIRWAYIs there anything blocking the patient's airway?I will open the airway by tilting the head back and gently pulling the chin forward. NOTE: If I suspected a spinal/neck injury I would not do this, as it may further compromise the patient.
B - BREATHINGHow is the patient's breathing?To determine this, I will turn my head sideways towards the patient's head. I will look for rise & fall of the chest, and listen/feel for breathing in my ear. I will identify how many breaths are taken in 10 seconds, and keep in mind 2 breaths is ideal.
C- CIRCULATIONDoes the patient have adequate circlulation?To asses circuation, I will locate the carotid or radial artery, and determine if there is a pulse present. If a pulse is located, I may also decide if it is stong, weak, irregular, etc.