Get creative if necessary when providing First Aid.
First aid is the immediate help you give to someone who is sick or injured. Sometimes it involves getting creative. It’s very important to keep your cool. And, what you do in the first couple of minutes can make the difference between life and death as was the case with the British tourist run down by a taxi in Manhattan last week.
The plumber who witnessed the accident removed his belt and used it as a tourniquet for her leg before paramedics arrived. This quick thinking action probably saved her life.
Other passers-by were reported to have collected ice from street vendors in an attempt to pack the leg and put her foot on ice.
If you are the first on the scene or involved in helping someone during an emergency:
- Stay calm.
- Assess the scene for your own safety and continue to monitor the scene.
- Look around.
- Find out who’s injured?
- Who needs help first?
- Call for help or assign someone to call.
- Get a first aid kit and AED if available or ask someone to get them.
- Be prepared to start CPR.
- Get creative and use what you have around you, eg a clean teeshirt to stop bleeding, a belt for a tourniquet…