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First aid: Spinal Injuries - Helping People In Emergency

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    First aid: Spinal Injuries - Helping People In Emergency

    First aid: Spinal Injuries - Helping People In Emergency
    Publish Date : 3/24/2005 6:26:00 AM Source : Health Care Articles Khalsa News Network
    Each year across the United States, many accidents involving spinal injury occur. It is very important that a possible injury to the spine be diagnosed quickly and effectively in order to care for and protect an accident victim.

    Knowing the proper form of first aid to administer in the case of emergency to a person suspected of a spinal injury is a must, as mishandling of the accident victim could result in further damage to the spinal cord.

    Here are a few helpful guidelines to assist you if you suspect someone may have a spinal injury due to a fall or accident...

    First and foremost, should you suspect an individual might be suffering from a spinal injury, never move them, even if they are in the water. If the victim is conscious, be sure to tell them not to move. Then call 911 for emergency medical assistance.

    Emergency medical personnel will have the proper training and equipment to care for the victim. Individuals suspected of spinal injury will require a cervical collar and need to be stabilized on a spine board. Remember that it is better to do nothing than to improperly handle a victim suspected of spinal injury.

    While waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive, there are a number of things you can do to care for the victim using your senses to collect important information to relay to the medical professionals upon arrival.

    If you are CPR certified, monitor the victim's vital signs using the A, B, C, and D first aid method.

    * A) Make sure the victim's AIRWAY is open.

    * B) Monitor their BREATHING.

    * C) Check the victim's CIRULATION by monitoring their pulse rate, checking for severe bleeding, and checking the individual's skin color, temperature and moisture.

    * D) Check for DISABILITY. Their mental status and spinal cord response as described below.