Step 1 - Call 9-1-1- don't assume someone else has already done so, 911 operators are highly trained and will help you. Let them coach you through the life-threatening situation.
Step 2 - Stay Safe-Assess the situation: pause and use all available senses. Decide whether to stay and help, grab the injured and get to safety, or get yourself to safety.
Step 3 - Stop the Bleeding-Apply steady, firm pressure on the source of bleeding until first responders arrive. If you can't control the bleeding with manual pressure, consider a tourniquet
Step 4 - Position the injured-Lay the injured on their side, legs slightly bent, with bottom hand reached outward and head resting near hand. Raise the chin forward with mouth pointed downward
Step 5 - Provide Comfort-Share names and ask basic questions. Tell them what you know happened, but do not speculate. Keep them warm and offer a hand to hold
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 45. Lifethreatening injuries require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying. Those nearest are best positioned to provide care first . Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. YOU CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
Take the FEMA Community Training online at: You Are the Help Until Help Arrives
For more information: LaMoure County Emergency Management Office: 701-883-6096