Priority is your safety. If you become injured you will reduce your ability to help casualties. The best action in an emergency is often to seek help from professionals.
Where there is more than one casualty the care of the UNCONSCIOUS CASUALTY should take priority. This casualty cannot care for themselves and simple actions such as clearing an airway could be life-saving.
In all emergencies, the first aider must:
- Assess the situation quickly
- Ensure the safety of the first aider, casualty, and bystanders
- Call for help
- Commence appropriate treatment -DRABCD Plan
Whether there are multiple casualties or a single casualty with multiple injuries the first aider must decide what their first action should be.
Five Bs give us an easy memory hook for prioritizing any incident
- Broken Bones
- Bites and stings