An accident occurs and you have to give first aid. In most cases, many first aiders panic and are overwhelmed with the situation. This is mainly because most people have too little knowledge about first aid. For such cases, the traffic light scheme is intended to provide support. With the help of the traffic light system, relatively good first aid can be administered. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the traffic light system.
Traffic light pattern: Instructions
The traffic light pattern is a good way to be prepared in an emergency. The basic rule in an emergency situation is: look, think and then act.
With the help of the traffic light pattern, you can proceed as follows :
- and first get an overview of the emergency situation.
- What exactly has happened?
- Who is all involved in the situation?
- And above all: Who is affected by it?
- and try to think calmly and clearly.
- Rule out danger to those helping.
- Also rule out danger to other people in the immediate proximity.
- And above all: rule out danger to affected persons and victims.
- and protect yourself first, because your own safety comes first!
- Secure and mark the scene of the accident.
- if necessary, switch off any machines or similar equipment.
- Give first aid and alert people to your presence.
With this simple traffic light scheme, you can quickly gain an overview in an emergency and provide important first aid. It is especially advisable to regularly attend a first aid course and refresh your knowledge.
The traffic light scheme is only for general orientation and does not replace specialist knowledge for professional first aid. Prior knowledge is also very important when using a first aid kit. How do you use the contents of a first aid kit correctly? These and other questions are answered during such an important first aid course.
When can the traffic light pattern be used?
The traffic light scheme has been designed so that it can be used for almost all emergencies. First aiders can follow the traffic light scheme if they are insecure and provide first aid to the affected person. In addition, there are different first aid approaches for different emergencies. In the case of a heart attack, for example, there are differences in the application of first aid than in the case of First aid for a stroke. Nevertheless, in case of doubt, it is always advisable to apply the traffic light scheme.
In an emergency, affected persons are always dependent on first aid from other people. And the only wrong behaviour is not to give first aid. The sequence of the traffic light system is also very helpful in emergency situations. Because first you should put your own safety first, rather than putting yourself in danger as well. Only then can the next steps be taken. A lot can be done wrong when it comes to the sequence of first aid.
The Sample Method
In addition to the traffic light method, the sample method can be used as a support. The sample method can be used to take an initial emergency history. An anamnesis basically takes place during a visit to the doctor. The doctor asks a variety of questions to find out the current state of knowledge about previous illnesses.
An emergency medical history can be very important for further first aid in an emergency. Does the victim have allergies, previous illnesses or other injuries that are not visible at first glance? Until the arrival of the emergency services, the combination of traffic light and sample method can be a great help for affected persons.
The sample method consists of the following:
S – Symptoms: What symptoms does the affected person experience?
- By asking various questions, other symptoms can be identified. In this way, further injuries can be identified or ruled out.
A – Allergies: Are there any allergies affecting the victim?
- This is to determine whether the victim has any allergies and if so, which ones. It can be very important for the emergency services to have this information in advance.
M – Medication: Does the victim take any medication?
- If the victim is taking medication, this information is very important for the emergency services. They can act faster and with better knowledge and initiate the right measures. This information is also very important for the administration of further medication.
P – Patient history: What previous illnesses or previous accidents are known?
- Knowing what previous illnesses the victim suffers from is important information for the emergency services. This way, these diseases can be checked and treated more quickly.
L – Last meal: What food did the victim eat before the emergency?
- The last meal is also important information for the rescue forces.
E – Events before the accident: What happened before the accident?
- This question is very important, especially in the case of recurrent accidents. Have such accidents happened before or have there been similar accidents before?
First aid with the TarisApp
For some years now, there have also been so-called emergency apps, which are supposed to contribute to a quick and good first aid in case of emergencies. With our TarisApp for example, you can not only dial the emergency call via the mobile phone app, but also quickly and easily ask for further help.
Even professionally trained medical first aiders in the immediate proximity are asked for help. This way, in an emergency, one can ensure fast and professional first aid for affected persons. In many cases, professional help comes much too late in an emergency, even though there may be a doctor or nurse nearby.
Note: Did you know that it takes up to 15 minutes on average for the emergency services to arrive at the scene of an accident? In case of doubt, these 15 minutes can be the difference between life and death. With the TarisApp these 15 minutes can be bridged with professional help.
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