Field Accidents, Injuries, and How to Handle the Situation
A medical emergency can be a dreadful situation to deal with. A very serious one can result in a lot of panic and chaos, and people not knowing exactly what to do. The least you would know, obviously, is that you should call the paramedics right away. You don’t need to think twice about anything. Emergencies are about acting fast, and a medical scenario demands double the action. Therefore, the moment someone collapses or shows signs that they are about to, you would stop everything and call for professional medical support at once!
When the paramedics arrive at the emergency spot, they are usually fully equipped with all the essential medical equipment. Ideally, they should be able to quickly assess the situation and determine if it is a case that can possibly be dealt with then and there with some light aid, or if the patient needs to be moved to a hospital immediately for intensive care and treatment. Either way, they are usually fully prepared with all the tools that are needed for special aid.
Minor physical injuries like cuts and bruises can be cleaned and dressed on the spot. Even bigger injuries would need immediate attendance, especially when there’s a lot of bleeding, before transporting the patient to a hospital. Little things like bandages and medical tape, ointments, gloves, sanitizers and ice packs are often carried in average-sized trauma bags that are refilled, stocked up and kept ready to go. Trauma kits are most of the time used in dealing with external injuries. Most road or sport accident scenarios require this type of aid, and that is where these kits are used the most.
Sometimes, a physical injury can be extremely severe resulting in a major loss of substantial amounts of blood and unendurable pain. In such cases, the life of the injured may be at stake and every second would count. Therefore, the recommended immediate step would be to carefully move the patient into an ambulance and rush him/her off to the hospital where obviously, there are emergency doctors, nurses and all the required equipment available for immediate care.
No matter what kind of injury or how severe it is, using high quality equipment is highly important. When it comes to external injuries, most of these materials come directly in contact with your skin. Therefore, they not only need to be clean but of the best quality. It isn’t just dirt or impurities that can harm an open injury, but also the types of fabric or material used to make bandages, clothing, and tape. There are possibilities that cheap, low quality or inappropriate fabrics and fibres could react when brought into contact with your skin, therefore using the good-quality bandages and clothing is extremely important.
When an accident happens, the immediate thing you would do is provide suitable first aid by either calling for emergency medical assistance or by rushing the victim to the closest hospital. People around may suggest other things out of pressure and panic, but you should never, ever take a chance by trying things you are not supposed to.