Accidental injuries impact millions of people throughout the United States each year. Occurring fast and unexpectedly, many of these injuries happen when you are away from home, and you could find yourself having to waste valuable minutes waiting for help and assistance to arrive. Knowing some basic first aid procedures in the event of accidents and injuries can help you to lessen the impact an injury has, and could potentially help you save a family member or loved one’s life. Regardless of your level of skill or experience, the following are first aid tips that everyone should be aware of.
Common Types of Accidental Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million people each year suffer accidental injuries requiring emergency medical care. While many people think of these types of injuries as being minor, the CDC reports that accidental, unintentional injuries kill more than 30,000 people each year, and are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The following are among the most common causes of these injuries:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Being struck by or against an object
- Pedestrian and bicycle injuries
- Accidental chemical or thermal burns
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Food poisoning
Six Types of First Aid Tips For Accidental Injuries
In the event of an accident your first step should always be to get emergency medical attention immediately, even if the injury seems minor. While waiting for help to arrive, any first aid you can render is of valuable help. According to the American Red Cross, the following are six types of first aid tips that everyone should know:
- Cover the wound.
- Apply direct pressure until bleeding stops.
- Apply a bandage over the dressing, and continue to apply pressure.
- Do not attempt to remove anything that is lodged deeply within the wound, such as metal or glass. Wait for help to arrive.
- Use caution when treating burns, particularly if you do not know the source of the burn.
- Remove the source of the burn, and use water to cool the burn site.
- Cover the site loosely with sterile dressing and wait for help to arrive.
For head, neck, and suspected spinal cord injuries:
- Do not move the victim, even if their head or body is in an awkward position;
- Stabilize their head in whatever position they are in by providing support with your hands on either side of their head.
- Remain in this position until help arrives.
- If the person is conscious, determine how they were poisoned and contact the National Poison Control Center (PCC) hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for advice.
- If the person is unconscious or suspected or suffering food poisoning, call 911 or go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- Hold the person by the waist and administer 5 blows from behind with the palm of your hand between their shoulder blades.
- Using your fist with the thumb side just above the abdomen, give five quick thrusts.
- Continue until the object is dislodged, or until help arrives.
For loss of consciousness:
- Check for responsiveness by tapping the shoulder of the victim. Do not shake them.
- If they are face down, turn them face up, being careful to keep the head, neck, and back in a straight line.
- Tilt the head back and lift the chin to open the airway.
- Check for bleeding and other injuries and administer CPR as necessary.
The best way to be prepared for an accident is by signing up for CPR and basic first aid training. You can sign up for Red Cross first aid training online, and classes are offered throughout Charleston and South Carolina
Contact Us for Professional Assistance
If you or someone you know suffers an accidental injury, contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide the compassionate care you deserve, while providing the aggressive legal representation you need to get the compensation you are entitled to.