The Care Quality Commission (CGC) has expressed “serious concerns” about The London Ambulance Service – with response times being at an all time high and cities becoming overcrowded – leading to more injuries and people getting hurt!
 
We thought to let you know of some basic first aid steps needed to aid a person who is in need of medical attention. 
 
DR SABC…  
 
You may have already worked it out. But the acronym DR SABC is a fundamental process which is followed in basic first aid. Think of it as an initial assessment – that could save a persons life until an Ambulance arrives.  
 
D – Danger! Check for signs of danger or potential risks 

Is it safe to help? 

 
R – Response. Call to the casualty (injured) – Ask simple questions like “Can you tell me your name?” If they can’t respond verbally – ask an action question like “Can you open your eyes?” 

Can they reply or move?

 
S – Shout! Call out for help to see if anyone is able to assist you in calling the emergency services. If not, after DR – Call 999 

Shout for help! Call 999

 
A – Airway. You need to make sure that the casualty’s airway is open and unblocked – if they’re unconscious – tilt the head back and lift their chin to open the airway.  

How to open an Airway 

 
B – Breathing. You need to Look, Listen and Feel if the casualty is breathing normally – You can do this by looking down the casualty’s chest from their head position – if they’re breathing – put them in the recovery position.  

Look down the casualty’s chest to check breathing |  feel breath on cheek

 
C – Circulation. Look for all signs of bleeding – apply pressure to the bleeds and raise affected limbs above the heart. 

Elevate bleeding wounds above the heart

Follow the advice from the Emergency services, who should be on their way.  
 
Keep the casualty awake and warm – so they don’t go into shock. 
 
Weve got to help save ourselves
 
Its never too early to get trained in First Aid.  
For as little as £25 – you could change another persons life – just because you know what you’re doing.  
 
More information can be found at St Johns dedicated website: http://www.sja.org.uk
 
Keep it chill and make sure you know your DRS ABCS