This is an ongoing feature of this blog. Every Wednesday, I’ll present to you a different scenario. You take the information given and run with it. Give some thought as to what you’d do and how you’d go about it. I understand there will be scenarios that just wouldn’t apply to you personally for whatever reason. Feel free to change it around a bit to suit your own situation. Please share your thoughts in the comments.
You’re out hiking with some friends, well off the beaten path. Suddenly, one of your buddies slips on a rock and tumbles off the trail into a small gully. You managed to clamber your way down to where he lays. It is immediately evident he’s in bad shape. He appears to be unconscious and his right arm is twisted behind his back in a way Nature never intended. He has a gash on his forehead that is streaming blood.
You are miles from the nearest ER. Cell phones aren’t working due to no signal.
What do you do?
For the non-hikers out there, try this scenario. You and your family are cleaning up the yard after a massive storm has devastated the area. The power has been off for two days and cell phone reception has been spotty at best. Trees are down all over town, making travel by vehicle almost impossible. Your significant other suddenly yelps in pain and falls to their knees. You rush over and find them clutching their right hand. You can see blood dripping from the clenched hands. Something bit their right hand and whatever it was took a rather large chunk out of it.
What do you do?
Do you have first aid supplies stockpiled in your home? With your hiking gear? In your bug out bags? Perhaps more importantly, do you know what to do with those supplies in an emergency? Do you know how to properly treat a dislocated shoulder, a closed head injury, or an animal bite? Do you know the symptoms of shock and how to treat it?
What will you do if someone you love gets injured and when it comes to medical assistance, you’re it?