16 Year old, Katy was heading into school one morning when she came across a vehicle accident at the entrance to her school. The entrance to the school was on a dangerous bend, perpendicular to the road making it difficult to turn into the school. The accident had occurred when a car turned to enter the school grounds and knocked a motorcyclist of their bike.
When Katy arrived on the scene the driver of the car was wandering aimlessly and appeared to be in shock. The motorcyclist was sat on the curb and had already taken off his helmet. Katy immediately noticed that his face was bleeding and, upon closer inspection, noticed that part of his jaw was exposed.
Using a first aid kit from the car she had been travelling in, Katy dressed the man’s jaw and set about checking his vitals. The motorcyclist told Katy that he had no other injuries; however when she removed his glove to check his vitals she noticed that it his wrist was considerably disfigured, a probable break. Using two roll bandages, as there was no triangular bandage in the kit, Katy stabilised the wrist and elevated it.
Having dealt with the motorcyclist’s injuries, Katy then treated the driver for shock; reassuring him and keeping him warm. Whilst Katy dealt with the driver and motorcyclist, another person contacted the emergency services.
Katy is 16 years old school and has trained in first aid.
If Katy can learn first aid – so can you.
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Note: This story is based on a real life event though ‘Katy’s’ name has been changed and an image of a model has been used to protect the privacy of both the life saver and the patients helped.