Resuscitation – DRAB

Danger – make sure it’s safe to help

• Check that it is safe for you to help the casualty. Do not put yourself at risk.
• If possible remove any danger from the casualty, or if not, can you safely move the casualty from the danger.
• Find out what’s happened – make sure you still safe
• Check how many casualties there are, Can you cope ?

Response – are the conscious

• Gently shake the shoulders and ask loudly “are you alright?”.
• If there is no response, shout for help immediately, but do not leave the casualty yet.

Airway – open the airway

Carefully the open the airway by using ‘head tilt’ and ‘chin lift’

• Place your hand on the forehead and gently tilt the head back.
• With your fingertips under the point of the casualty’s chin, lift the chin to open the airway.

Breathing – check for normal breathing

Keeping the airway open, check to see if the breathing is normal. Take no more than 10 seconds to do this:

• Look at the chest and abdomen for movement
• Listen for the sounds of breathing (more than the occasional gasp)
• Feel for breath on your cheek or movement of the chest or abdomen.

If the casualty is breathing normally, carry out a secondary survey and place them in the recovery position.

Spaces still left on this week’s ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ course.  Course is on Thursday 10th November at Blake Training Centre, Middlezoy @ £60 + VAT.  Please ring for more details on 01823 690042 or check our course page here.

Posted on November 7th 2011

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