Be the First Response Personnel
When you witness an accident - there are two courses that one can follow -
- Natural Response: Accidents often tend to jolt you from within and make you freeze in the moment.
- The Right Response: Calming your nerves and tending to the ones who need your help the most.
It is impossible to take away the natural response, but it is essential to hop on the second step as soon as possible.
While you’re always sympathetic towards the victim, you don’t always know how to turn this concern into action. The moments that follow an accident are often instrumental in deciding the impact it will have on the victim. The Law Commision of India states that 50% of fatalities could be prevented if the victim received medical care within the first hour. Which begs the question, how can you help in case of a medical emergency?
Call an emergency service:
When you witness any accident or encounter any medical emergency, the first thing you must do is call an ambulance. The victim would require prompt medical attention. At StanPlus, we understand that time is of the essence. Call 040 33 911 911 to ensure that patients always get an ambulance within 15 minutes of the call. Keep it on your speed dial!
Situations like these require one to make rational decisions, which is not always possible if you panic. Take a deep breath, calm down and take control of the situation. If people surrounding the victim panic, help them calm down and tell them to step away if necessary.
Inspect the victim’s condition:
Once you’ve observed that the scene is safe, check if the victim is conscious. If the victim is conscious, gathering details such as blood group, allergies or if they are under any medication would be really helpful to the team of EMTs once they arrive. Also, ensure that a friend or family member is informed about the situation if the victim is not accompanied by anyone.
Have a quick glance around the accident scene:
If you spot any smoke or smell gas leak, quickly call a fire station. This will help bring the others around to a safer location. Ensure that the accident spot is not overcrowded with bystanders and children who weren’t injured.
Try not to move the victim unless necessary:
This is really important. You can never identify all the injuries that have been inflicted. Moving the victim in a particular way might cause dire results ranging from difficulty in breathing to even paralysis. It’s important to be cautious and gentle when moving the injured, if at all necessary.
Check if they are breathing:
Always keep a check on the patient to see if they are breathing. Especially if they are unconscious. Don’t let people crowd around the victim so that the air flow is not compromised for the victim. A clear scene helps avoid panic or even the chances of the victim feeling claustrophobic.
Comfort the victim:
An assured and comforting presence is just as much important as medical aid. Talk to the victim, try calming them down. It also helps to hold their hands in order to comfort them.
Let the professionals handle the situation once they arrive:
Once the emergency medical transportation service is at the scene, let them do their job. They have the proficiency needed to take care of medical emergencies. To help them, you can share details regarding the accident and/or the medical data of the injured person in question, that you may have gathered.
Ensure that the accident spot isn’t jammed:
Keeping the traffic moving at the accident spot helps a great deal. It’s important to do this so that the ambulance can arrive on time to deal with the medical emergency. Get as much help from others as you can. Ask people to move along and clear the way.
Emergency service personnel carry the colossal responsibility of providing prompt medical attention to any trauma victim. But we as good samaritans, can sure help save a life. When dealing with such emergencies, the first hour after an accident, known as the Golden Hour, is extremely crucial. A patient reaching a medical facility and receiving proper treatment within the Golden Hour increases their chances of survival.
Yes, accidents are scary. But you don’t have to be medically trained to help save a life. All it takes is compassion, awareness and genuine care for human life. If you ever come across such an incident, keep these pointers handy. They could very well play a significant role in saving a life.
Call our 24X7 helpline if you ever come across such an emergency: 040-33-911-911