It’s not only important to offer aid to a patient at the earliest, but also to practice all safety protocols while doing that. This is crucial for a speedy recovery of the patient and your own safety.
Victims who have been injured on crime sites may still be vulnerable to further risk because of potential threats in the vicinity.
If you find yourself at that place in a moment like that, think rationally and make the best decision. It’s not necessary that you jeopardize your own safety to save another.
But if you’re keen on training yourself in proper first aid, it’s important that you educate yourself about the safety protocols that need to be complied with.
1. Your Safety Comes First
As mentioned above, you’re not required to put your own life at risk to save another. If you’re at a scene where your safety is at risk, leave and seek shelter elsewhere. The paramedics will take care of the casualties.
2. Protect Yourself From Catching Diseases
Working with diseased patients is not safe for the caregiver because you’re susceptible to catching that disease. You need to make sure that you’re protected from the transmission of possible infections and diseases. For that it’s important that you wear breathing barriers and protective material. Cover any of your own injuries with bandage to avoid exposing it to infected air.
3. Wear Gloves
We understand that it’s not always possible to have surgical gloves in reach if you’ve encountered a medical emergency unexpectedly. For such situations, it’s important that you stay away from bodily excretions and fluids. Avoid touching blood, pus or any fluids while working on the patient.
4. Disinfect your hands
It’s advised that you disinfect yourself before approaching a victim who has sustained deep wounds. Open cuts and injuries are a gateway to infections and you don’t want to be the cause of illness to anyone. Use a sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands with soap and water.
5. Handle Fractures Carefully
One of the biggest mishaps of handling bone fractures is shaking or massaging the affected area. That’s highly detrimental to the patient’s well being and recovery. If you suspect that they’ve suffered broken bones or (worse), spinal injury, it’s best to comfort them without moving them from their position.