Sports First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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Initial Assessment and Recovery Position - Sport

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Initial Assessment and Recovery Position in First Aid


In this video, we will cover the essential steps of initial assessment and how to safely position a patient in the recovery position during a medical emergency.

1. Sending for Help

Immediate Action: If someone is with you and it's necessary, send them to call the emergency services.

If Alone: If you are alone, proceed with the following steps and then call emergency medical services (EMS).

2. Assessing the Patient

Introduction: Introduce yourself to the patient and seek permission to provide assistance.

If Conscious: If the patient is conscious, engage in conversation to gather information while ensuring they remain still.

If Unconscious: Ensure the patient is breathing; if not, prepare for CPR and call EMS before starting.

3. Checking for Breathing

Opening the Airway: Tilt the patient's head back to clear the airway.

Observation: Look, Listen, and Feel for breathing for up to 10 seconds.

If Breathing: If breathing normally, CPR is not needed; send someone to call an ambulance.

4. Placing in the Recovery Position

Assessment and Gloving: If available, put on gloves and perform a head-to-toe injury check.

Recovery Position: If no significant injuries are found, position the patient as follows:

  • Lay the patient on their back with legs together.
  • Raise the nearest arm to 90 degrees from their head.
  • Hold the other hand against their face, nearest to you.
  • Lift their far leg so that their foot is flat on the floor.
  • Using their leg as a lever, turn them onto their side facing you while maintaining airway support.

5. Monitoring and Further Actions

Check Breathing: Confirm that the patient is breathing and their airway remains open.

Seek Help: If alone, go for help, but upon return, recheck the patient's breathing.

Comfort and Warmth: Keep the patient comfortable and warm. Maintain verbal communication to reassure them.

In situations where you are completely alone and without a phone, leave the patient to call emergency services when necessary.