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First Aid

First Aid

We spend our entire childhood learning first aid through real-life experiences. For instance, we trip and fall getting a boo-boo and having a band-aid applied. Therefore, learning how to put on a band-aid. A future bike injury can sometimes be worse than a past trip and fall. Hence learning to wash out the injury site, apply some ointment and a bandage.

Dislocating or spraining a joint typically results in the learning of the R.I.C.E. acronym. R.I.C.E. = Rest, Ice, Compress, & Elevate. Breaking a bone ends with splinting a body part learning about D.O.T.S. D.O.T.S.= Deformity, Open-wound, Tenderness & Swelling

Then there is the general sickness/illness, in which we learn as we get older. S.A.M.P.L.E. is used to try to determine what the medical issue is. SAMPLE= Signs & Symptoms, Allergies, Medication, Past medical history, Last oral intake, and Event’s leading up to the current situation. Such as diabetic emergency, signs & symptoms are irritability, headache, in and out of responsiveness, etc. The individual takes insulin and has a past medical history of diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The last oral intake was dinner time last night. He took his medication this morning but hasn’t eaten and now not feeling well.

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