Procedures for Emergency Care from Safe Kids Grand Forks

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Safe Kids Grand Forks offers these tips for Emergency Care:

Your first step in providing emergency care is calling 9-1-1.

Be prepared to give information to the dispatcher, such as:

» Address of the emergency  » Telephone number  » Description of the problem
» Number of people injured  » Conditions of victims  » Care being provided
Do not hang up. Stay on the line with the dispatcher.
Once an emergency has been recognized, be calm and follow these steps:
Check: The scene for safety and the victim for consciousness
Call: 9-1-1
Care: For life-threatening conditions
Ensure: Your own safety before assisting others 

Poisoning & Allergic Reaction


» Call Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
» Follow poison control directions  » Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so
» Monitor airway and breathing  » Keep the victim comfortable

Allergic Reaction:

» If difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1
» Ask the victim if he/she carries medication, if so, assist in administration
» Monitor airway and breathing  » Keep the victim resting quietly

Bone & Joint Injury


» Minimize movement!
» Place your hands on both sides of the victim’s head
» Tell the victim to respond verbally to questions and avoid nodding/shaking head
» Call 9-1-1
» Have the victim remain in the position found
» Maintain an open airway and continue to check for breathing
» Do not remove headgear


» Support the injured area above and below the injury site
» Do not move the injured part
» Splint an injury only if the victim must be moved
» Splint an injured limb in the position you find it


Stop: The burning by removing the victim from the heat source
Cool: The burn by flushing with large amounts of cool water for a minimum of 10 minutes (This will provide some comfort to the area)
Cover: The area with a sterile dressing

» Do not break blisters  » Do not apply ointments or creams
» Flush chemical burns for a minimum of 15 minutes
» Call 9-1-1 for:
» Burns that cause breathing difficulty or signs of burns around the mouth/nose
» Burns covering more than one body part  » Burns on the head, neck, hands, feet or genitals
» Burns on a child or elderly person  » Burns on victims with medical conditions
» Burns resulting from chemicals, explosions or electricity


» Cover the wound with a dressing and apply direct pressure
» Do not remove the dressing. If it soaks through, add more on top
» Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart if you do not suspect broken bones
» Cover snugly with a bandage
» If bleeding does not stop, call 9-1-1 and apply more direct pressure

For more information, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at safekids@altru.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.

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