Perhaps one day, you will be the first person at the scene of a road accident, or you might be injured in a car accident but survive. How would you react?
Thousands of lives could have been saved if first aid had been administered before the arrival of paramedics. These facts emphasize the importance of essential road safety awareness and first-aid knowledge. So, let’s explore life-saving measures that can assist a road accident victim.
If you got injured in an accident, you must check yourself first for injuries. Examine how well you can move your limbs and whether you have any symptoms like dizziness. Remember that you must be physically capable of assisting others.
Check the Other Injured Persons
If others are injured, first determine the extent of their injuries. Are the bleeding from the head, arms, neck, legs, back, abdomen, or other areas? Treat the person who is the quietest first; they are usually the most seriously injured or unable to breathe. People who can speak or scream, on the other hand, can breathe and thus be treated later. Inquire about the patient’s name; if they respond, it indicates that they know the situation and have not suffered a severe head injury.
Find Out Signs of Breathing
You must check those people who are not breathing or are having difficulty breathing first. The pulse should be working, and it is your responsibility to rescue these people as soon as possible and arrange for ambulances. You may use one of the below-mentioned methods to make sure the casualty is breathing normally:
- Check if you can hear the casualty breathing by listening to their chest and mouth.
- Check to see if the chest rises and usually falls.
- Place your cheek next to the casualty’s mouth to feel for breathing.
Call for Help
Call an ambulance service or take the person to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. You will be better positioned to inform the doctors about the patient’s condition once you have a better understanding of their condition.
Check for Obstructions
Check their mouth for any obstructions if you don’t hear any breath sounds. Use your index and middle fingers to clear the airway if something is obstructing it. It will hopefully open the airway and allow the patient to breathe again.
Perform Life-Saving Techniques
It should be a must that every citizen must be equipped with the latest life-saving techniques like EAR, which means External Air Resuscitation in which you can enter the air in the patient through the mouth, nose, and mask. On the other hand, CPR means Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in which it is tried that heartbeat should be started.
Help Them in Grave Situations
Turn the patient to their side if there is bleeding from the mouth or if the patient is vomiting. Straighten out the person’s underarm and cross his chest with the arm closest to you. This eliminates the possibility of the person choking.
Deal With The Open Wounds
If the wounds are large, apply pressure to the area with a cloth to stop the bleeding. Instead of using your fingers, press down with your palms.
Always Suspect Spinal Injury
Get assistance right away. Do not move the patient if their neck is in an awkward position (not typical) or if the patient is unconscious. This could indicate that the person’s neck is broken, in which case moving them could cause more harm than good.
Keep the Person Warm
Accident victims are frequently overly cold as a result of their shock. Therefore, keeping them warm is critical to their survival. You can do this with whatever you have on hand, such as a T-shirt or a jacket.
Avoid Feeding the Person
Do not give the person any edible water, food, or other fluids through the mouth, as it may lead to the patient choking.
Also Read: What To Do If You Witness A Car Accident?
Tips For Shifting A Person To The Hospital
- A stretcher or a stiff board should be used to transport the patient. This is important because limiting the amount of movement helps in preventing their injuries from worsening.
- Maintain the person’s neck and back in a straight position. For added support, a rolled towel or thick cloth can be placed under the neck.
- Ensure that the injured person is lying down flat.
- The patient can be transported in the sitting position if the injury is only to a limb.
- Lift the injured part above the person’s body level and apply pressure to the area if there is bleeding. Continue to apply pressure until you arrive at the hospital—this aids in the control and eventual cessation of bleeding.
- On the way to the hospital, check to see if the person has a pulse and is breathing. Prepare to perform CPR or EAR in the vehicle if they stop breathing.
Many people’s lives have been improved due to motorization, but the benefits have come at a cost. Road accidents are claiming the lives of many people. We must understand how to deal with road traffic accidents to reduce the number of fatal accidents in the country. If you need further assistance, you can consult a general physician via Marham.pk.
1- What to do when you see any road accident?
Whenever you see any road accident, just avoid running away and provide them with the basic first aid as discussed in the blog.
2- Which tests are done after the car accident?
Depending upon the condition of the injured, X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans are done after a car accident.
3- Why do accidents occur?
They occur for many reasons, among which the most common is driver’s over-speeding, harsh driving, distracted driving, or pedestrian’s carelessness while crossing the roads.
4- How to prevent road accidents?
Well, to prevent yourself from road accidents, it is better for you to follow the posted speed limits. Always wear a helmet, seat belt, and other safety equipment. Do not use your phone while driving, and do not drive while you are drunk or stressed.
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