Injury Assessment

A sign is 'something that you see, hear or feel' such as a wound, bleeding, discolourations, or deformities. Whereas a symptom is 'something that the patient tells you is wrong' which may be nausea, thirst, dizziness, or pain.

Assessment first aid is the treatment of conditions that are not immediately life threatening uncovered during either an illness assessment or an injury assessment. For example, applying a bandage to a wounded patient is assessment first aid and lay rescuers can greatly reduce suffering and long term disabilities by applying their first aid skills.

Performing Injury Assessment

STOP - Assess and observe the scene
THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan
ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS

Perform a primary assessment and monitor the patient's Cycle of Care AB-CABS

Explain the assessment procedure to the patient and apply protective barriers

Begin at the patient's head

Note areas of pain or abnormality to report to EMS personnel, continue to monitor the patient's Cycle of Care and avoid giving injured patient's anything to eat or drink should they need surgery.

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DisclaimerDisclaimer: Information and guidelines given in this website does not intended to replace or substitute professional advice, medical diagnosis, treatment, or sanctioned first aid training. Always seek assistance from trained professionals for any medical situation.