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See that victim has a pulse and good blood circulation as you check for signs of bleeding. Act fast if victim is bleeding severly or if he has swallowed poison or if his heart or breathing has stopped. Remember every second counts.
Although most injured persons can be safely moved, it is vitally important not to move a person with serious neck or back injuries unless you have to save hime from further danger. Keep patient lying down and quiet. If he has vomited and there is no danger that his neck is broken, turn hin on his side to prevent choking and keep him warn by covering him with blankets or coats.
Have someone call for medical assistance while you apply first aid. The person who summons help should explain nature of emergency and ask what should be done pending arrival of ambulance. Reassure victim, and try to remain calm yourself. Your calmness can allay feat and panic of patient.
Don't give fluids to an unconscious or semiconscious person; fluids may enter his windpipe and cause suffocation. Don't try to arouse an unconscious person by slapping or shaking.
Look for an emergency medical identification card or an emblematic device that victim may be wearing to alert you to any health problems, allergies or diseases that may require special care.
Article by Jay Harris of IMI Concepts. Visit his website http://www.home-job-alert.com