Posted on : 03/03/2022 Views : 14
Helping Victims After an Accident: What should you do?
Do you know that every year, over 1.3 million people die and 20 to 50 million people are injured on the world's roads? Road traffic collisions are a prominent cause of death for children and young people of all ages. And that is why we need to be cautious on road. Many lives can be saved by early transport to the hospital for emergency treatment and by getting early access to rehabilitation services. To serve this purpose, we need to learn about basic accident and trauma care, what can we do during those ‘golden hours’, and many more. In this blog, we are going to discuss the same with our panel of doctors practicing trauma surgery in Jayanagar.
Understanding Golden Hour:
The Golden Hour is the time when all efforts are taken to save a life before irreversible permanent damages occur, decreasing or preventing the rate of mortality. This time frame can span from the moment of damage until the completion of hospital treatment.
According to our experts practicing trauma surgery in Jayanagar, the first 10 minutes after the surgery can make this hour effective. Any required medical attention to the victim during this time can decide the success or failure of the treatment outcome.
What is CPR? Why should you need to learn CPR?
CPR(Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) when started as soon as possible after the accident (within minutes) and when trained medical experts arrive within 8 to 12 minutes of the incident, it has been found to be quite successful. As per research, in India, almost 98% of people are not trained in performing CPR.
According to research, CPR can reduce mortality from sudden cardiac arrest too. This can ensure that the victim is nearly saved and can buy the time for getting effective treatment from ant nearby hospital.
How to take care of blood loss while accident and trauma care?
As per our trauma care experts from the best hospital in Bangalore, while providing first-aid for a bleeding victim, you should remember the following-
- You can apply direct pressure to the external bleeding
- Apply the pressure until the bleeding stops.
- Try to use sterile cotton, a piece of cloth, or a bandage over the area(if time permits). Otherwise use bare hands to stop the bleeding. Wash your hand before and after providing the first aid to prevent infection.
- Do not remove any objects that have penetrated the victim’s body. Place sterile bandage around the object and try to tape the object.
- Place a cold pack over the dressing.
- In prolonged bleeding, place another layer of gauze piece over the first one.
- Do not remove the first layer of gauze even if it’s completely soaked or drenched.
- In the meantime, seek medical help to prevent further blood loss.
- Immobilize the injured portion.
- Cover the victim with a coat or blanket.
How to take care of broken ribs while providing first-aid?
- Immobilize the shattered bone using a splint or sling if necessary.
- A rolled-up newspaper or strips of wood could be used as splints. Immobilize the area around the injured bone as well as the area above and below it.
- Pain and swelling can be reduced by using ice packs. It should not, however, be applied directly to the wound.
Recovery after accident and trauma care-
- Anyone who has received trauma care in an intensive care unit is at risk for developing post-intensive care syndrome, which is a collection of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that continue after a patient has been discharged from the ICU.
- The trauma's stress, anesthesia, life-supporting apparatus, drugs, and treatments can all have substantial and often long-term consequences.
- This allows our patients to recover and regain physical, mental, and emotional functions that have been harmed by their stay in the intensive care unit.
Would I need extended post-trauma care?
Early rehabilitation is critical for regaining strength and function after a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, especially in the case of post-traumatic brain injury or spinal cord trauma. The rehabilitation services will be planned and coordinated by our multidisciplinary team depending on your needs and recovery goals.
Conclusion- you can contact us for any emergency procedure. We believe that providing quality treatment during golden hours can save lives and our accidents and trauma care in Bangalore is committed to this.