Chapter 2: Assessing the Situation
It is important to always check the scene and ensure your safety first. Remember to stay alert so you are able to identify and assist in an emergency.
It is critical to understand that dialing 9-1-1 is one of the most important steps you can take to save another’s life.
1. Your safety is first, so leave the scene if you are at risk.
2. While helping the victim, protect yourself from transmission of possible diseases.
3. Use disposable gloves to avoid direct contact with blood / bodily fluids. [View Tip]
4. If you suspect that a victim has suffered a spinal or neck injury, do not move or shake the victim.
When preparing to perform CPR, keep in mind ECC’s Chain of Survival. These are the five crucial steps that should be performed in an emergency: