This list describes your priorities in an emergency situation. Follow these steps:
- 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 Choking).
- 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.
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