Applying a pressure dressing: First aid in the mountains – Tutorial (30/43) | LAB ROCK

oh it’s the salk foot anything can happen when alpine climbing even if you’re super careful and thoroughly prepared even though we all know how helpful emergency equipment is in the event of an accident unfortunately not every climber will have the necessary equipment with them falling rocks or falling yourself are just a couple of examples of what can happen when alpine climbing every mountain climber should have a minimum supply of first-aid equipment with them including an aluminum rescue blanket a triangular bandage equipment for treating wounds and a small assortment of adhesive bandages it’s important to bring a well-organized first-aid kit which will help when treating the patient if I notice when climbing that an accident has happened maybe that someone’s been injured by falling rocks or has fallen themselves then of course I’ll want to help them as quickly as possible but before I start I should take a moment to consider well I put myself in danger if I rush to help and then I should ensure that I get the injured person out of the danger area as quickly as possible before you treat bleeding wounds for example with a pressure dressing you should always put on protective gloves a pressure dressing is best for stemming heavy bleeding you should first lay or sit the patient down then you should place a sterile dressing directly onto the heavily bleeding wound wrap a gauze bandage around once or twice to secure the wound then place a second standard bandage on top this works as a pressure pad you should then wrap it again with a gauze bandage there is a trick to this if you turn the gauze bandage directly over the wound through 180 degrees this reduces the surface area and provides actual pressure directly onto the wound then you can simply continue to wrap the gauze bandage around when the pressure dressing has been set up you should check blood flow monitor activity and sensitivity in the extremities simply check whether both hands are as warm as each other whether the injured person has full feeling and can still move their fingers if the first pressure dressing becomes saturated with blood a second pressure dressing can be placed over the first one if there are signs of shock such as cold sweating and paleness as a result of significant blood loss you can place the injured person in the shock position for example elevate their legs if they lose consciousness as a result of significant blood loss you should then inspect their airway by listening looking and feeling if they are breathing the patient should be placed in the stable recovery position and repeatedly evaluated using the ABC system if you head to the mountains you’ll feel more confident if you know that you can help an injured person and provide first aid in the event of an accident by implication this means you should prepare and practice these first aid measures in the same way you’d practice setting up a belay or your partner’s belay correctly during a climb

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