The biggest dilemma faced by someone encountering an accident victim is “To do or not to do” – or put simply – whether to get engaged in helping the victim or not. Unfortunately, many choose to pass by – ignoring the victim .
A good Samaritan is now protected by the Supreme Court from harassment by law enforcement agencies after they help an accident victim . so now YOU ARE EMPOWERED to help victims.
Here are 7 things you can do to help an accident victim:
‘1. LOOK FOR EMERGENCY DEVICES ON THE PERSON
If the accident victim has Scan2Save stickers, you can use your QR code scanner and share the location – this will ensure that the victim ‘s designated emergency contacts receive the information and location of the accident. In states where Scan2Save has been integrated with the local emergency networks , it will also trigger necessary support functions there.
2. CALL THE EMERGENCY SERVICES – 100, 108 etc
Provide as much information as you can about the accident or the victim. Remember to include observations such as ease of access for the ambulance, number of people in the accident etc. Stay online till you can or till the Emergency Services confirms that they have enough information for action.
3. SCAN FOR DANGER BEFORE PROVIDING ASSISTANCE
Before you can approach an accident victim, it’s important to make sure the scene is safe for you, too. Check to see if you see fuel flowing, fire, smoke, or exposed wires. If this is the case, you may be better not providing aid and simply calling emergency services.
4. DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM UNLESS TO MOVE TO HOSPITAL
Even tough you may want to move the victim, it is advisable that you let trained folks do this. Often, the movements may lead to complications in cases of major accidents. In case you and other Samaritans are assisting movement of the victim to the hospital, do so with utmost care by stabilizing the victims head, neck before moving them / lifting them. Enlist the help of any healthcare personnel nearby .
5. CPR ONLY IF TRAINED
Administer CPR and First Aid to victims only if trained.
6. COMFORT THE VICTIM
If you have chosen to communicate to the victim, keep them assured of the help that is arriving.
7. HANDOVER TO EMERGENCY SERVICES
Once the ambulance arrives, provide your observations and what you have gathered and let the EMS team take over from there.