How to Perform a First Aid Assessment

How to Perform a First Aid Assessment

If an individual appears to be injured, it’s important to complete an assessment of the scene and the person. This allows you to quickly identify life-threatening conditions and other medical problems to ensure the person receives timely medical care.

Here’s how to perform a first aid assessment for a responsive person.

First aid assessment for adults

In any emergency situation, make sure the area is safe for you and the victim, and then take standard precautions to minimize your exposure to infection. This includes wearing gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Start by assessing the person’s responsiveness and breathing, active EMS and send someone to get the first aid kit and an AED.

If the person is breathing and responsive, ask for consent to help the person and quickly assess for life-threatening conditions.

First Aid Assessment - Waiting for EMS

While waiting for EMS, consider performing a secondary assessment to gather more information.

Continue to reassess scene safety, responsiveness, breathing and the effectiveness of provided first aid until someone with more advanced training takes over or EMS arrives.

Remember to relay any information you’ve gathered throughout your assessments.

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Do you know how to treat severe, life-threatening bleeding? How should you treat a person with a possible head, neck or spinal injury? Should you remove an impaled object?

First aid training can prepare you for all of these emergency scenarios and many more. To take a First Aid class near you, contact your local HSI training center today!

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