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Understanding Consent and Basic Assessment in Emergency Situations - MTC Minute

Understanding Consent and Basic Assessment in Emergency Situations - MTC Minute

Understanding Consent and Basic Assessment in Emergency Situations

Introduction: In emergency situations, it's crucial to know how to approach an injured person and obtain consent to render aid. This article will discuss the two types of consent - informed and implied - as well as outline the basic assessment process.

RESQ Acronym:

  • Remain Calm: Keep a clear mind to provide effective aid
  • Ensure Your Own Safety: Work within the law and stay physically safe
  • Stop Major Bleeds: Prevent significant blood loss when possible
  • Quickly Assess the Severity: Determine the extent of the rider's injuries and provide appropriate assistance
  1. Informed Consent:
  • Informed consent is when you ask the injured person for permission to render aid.
  • If they agree, you can provide assistance.
  • If they refuse, you must respect their decision and not provide aid.
  • Remember to always ask before taking any action to help someone in need.
  1. Implied Consent:
  • Implied consent applies when the injured person is unconscious.
  • It is assumed they would want medical treatment after a crash or another emergency.
  • If the person regains consciousness and refuses treatment, it must be stopped immediately.
  • In these situations, always act in the best interest of the person in need.
  1. Basic Assessment:
  • Stay calm and collected in an emergency.
  • Approach the injured person slowly, without running.
  • Breathe normally and maintain a composed demeanor.
  • Gather information by observing the individual and engaging in conversation.
    • Ask for their name and inquire about any pain they may be experiencing.
    • Introduce yourself and explain your intent to help.

Conclusion: Understanding the concepts of informed and implied consent, as well as basic assessment techniques, can help you navigate emergency situations more effectively. Always remember to obtain consent before rendering aid and remain calm when assessing an injured person.

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  • Another part of remaining calm is to not scare the patient regarding their injuries. You don’t want to walk up to someone and exclaim “Oh my God, I hope you get to keep your leg!” Or “Holy shit, buddy, that looks bad!”. Just my comment from the peanut gallery.

    Rick Heumann

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