First aid: Prehospital care
In the first of a series about first aid, Martin S Roth and colleagues concentrate on prehospital assessment
It is Friday night. After a long, hard week of studies you think that you deserve a break and want to have a good time with friends. While walking along the road, you come across a crowd of people staring at a motorcyclist who is lying on the ground after a crash. Your friends look at you--a medical student. They are obviously under the impression that you know exactly what to do in an incident like this. Do you?
First aid is the immediate care given to an injured or ill person before they are attended to in a hospital or clinic. Traditional under-graduate teaching in management of trauma begins in the emergency department. But medical students are just as likely as anyone to come across an incident such as the one described above. Trauma is the commonest cause of death in the 1-39 age group and has a trimodal