With the darker, wetter and colder weather drawing in. The risk of road traffic collisions can rise significantly. With 176,500 casualties of all severities in the year ending June 2017 with 1,799 people killed from June 2015 to June 2017 on Britain’s roads. The likelihood of you coming across a crash at any severity is high.
You could potentially be the only person there to help and the first few moments are following a crash could mean life or death for the casualty. Below are some simple steps to help you and your casualty have the best chance of life.
D – Danger, as we have mentioned, consider your safety and others around you before getting involved.
R – Response – Treat the casualties who are unresponsive first, they may not be breathing, they will need attention first.
A – Airway, maintaining an airway is of vital important, this allows a casualty to breath, with the airway compromised they will most certainly die. Tilt their head back, trying your best to keep it in line, there is a risk or further injury to a neck or spine, however this must be done as a compromised airway will result in death. If an airway is opening safely, it should have minimum impact on the neck and spine.
B – Breathing – look, listen and feel for normal breathing for 10 seconds
C– CPR – if they are not breathing, start CPR immediately and consider seeking out a Defibrillator (AED).
An article such as this should not be used as a replacement for a first aid course, but to be used as an awareness of some of the risks, hazards and potentially life saving skills you could implement if you see or some across a road traffic collision. Although rates of crashes are decreasing, there are more vehicles on the roads than ever before, so stay safe, keep your eyes open and always remember, if you were the injured person you would want help, so always help others in any way you can.
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