list describes your priorities in an emergency situation. Follow
- Evaluate the scene
to protect yourself and others from injury or danger.
- Be calm and reassuring.
- Do not move the
person unless he or she is in imminent danger or unless you
cannot provide assistance without moving the person.
- Get help. Call out
for someone to phone 911 or, if the person does not need immediate
assistance, make the call yourself.
- If the situation
is a choking emergency, perform the Heimlich maneuver (see
- Look, listen, and
feel for breathing (see Breathing Difficulties).
- Feel for a pulse
to determine if the heart is beating.
- Control bleeding
with direct pressure.
- Treat for shock.
- If the person is
unconscious, move him or her into the recovery position.