Staying Alive: The Steps to Saving Someone’s Life

You never know when an emergency is about to happen. For instance, you could be browsing groceries at the local supermarket when someone collapses and is in a precarious position. With these possibilities, it is, therefore, important that you learn and understand some of the most vital life-saving methods that anyone can learn and perform.

Here are some helpful tips that’ll help you save someone’s life when the time comes.

Contact emergency help

Once you have assessed the situation and concluded that someone is in danger and needs extra assistance, the first step is to contact emergency help. Obviously, time is of the essence, so if there’s someone else in the area with you, let them deal with arranging assistance from the emergency services.

The emergency services – whether it’s the EMT, fire department or even police – are professionals and are trained for all situations. Therefore, it’s important for you to dial 911 before administering any CPR or equivalent life-saving skills. Although you have training, you are still not a doctor, nurse or paramedic. You can help prolong their life, but you cannot treat them properly. Dial 911 as soon as a situation makes itself known.

Don’t put yourself in danger

While you never know how you will act in the heat of the moment, it is vital that you don’t place yourself in any unnecessary danger when helping someone. For instance, if you’re not a strong swimmer, avoid getting into the water when someone is drowning. Also, if a car crashes on a busy highway, crossing the road to get to them is far too perilous. Instead, call emergency services and if there is a chance to save them safely, then act.

Know the basics

From the Heimlich Maneuver to saving someone suffering from a stroke, there are various basics that need to be learned for if you face a life-threatening situation.

CPR

Many people still don’t know CPR or understand how to perform it correctly. As for the former, CPR is done in an attempt to save someone that has collapsed and is unconscious. It is a manual method of restoring blood circulation, helping to battle against cardiac arrest.

As for how to perform CPR, a ‘hands-only’ technique is one of the most recommended and universally used methods. This involves pressing down on the inflicted person’s chest by approximately two inches, and then it is a case of compressing at a steady rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. Go here for more information on CPR and how to do it correctly.

Bleeding profusely

If someone is profusely bleeding, there are plenty of things to consider when stopping the bleeding. Firstly, you need to get rid of any debris or dirt from the wound without removing any large objects which are causing the bleeding in the first place. This is because removing the object can increase the blood loss. You should then place a cloth or item of clothing (the cleanest you can find) and maintain the pressure. To save body heat, lay the injured person down if possible. Engage in conversation and keep them conscious.

Stroke

The saying is, “when a stroke strikes, act FAST.” If someone’s face as fallen on one side, they cannot raise their arms, their speech is slurred, then it’s time to call 911 (or equivalent depending on the country). Face, Arms, Speech, Time – this is how to react when someone is having a stroke.

 

 

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