MILLIONS of Brits will be out in full force this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
But medics have urged people to remember key first aid tips – and to look out for one another whilst enjoying the festivities.
In order to make sure the events run smoothly, St John Ambulance have got over 1,000 volunteers helping out in London.
The capital is host to several events this weekend, including the Trooping of the Colour.
Thousands more volunteers will also be helping out at events up and down the country.
But they can’t do it all on their own, and experts have urged Brits to be on the look out for anyone who might need assistance.
St John Ambulance’s Director of Health and Volunteer Operations Craig Harman praised the dedicated volunteers who will be working hard over the four day weekend.
He said: “This year is a special one for St John, not only are we celebrating our charity’s Sovereign Head, Her Majesty The Queen’s incredible milestone, but it also marks the centenary of our Cadet programme.
“It is extremely fitting given all the support our inspiring young people are providing the public across this four-day weekend.
“We hope everyone attending the events in London, or in their local communities, enjoy themselves.
“But please do look after one another – and if you’re drinking, please do so sensibly.”
With that in mind, it’s important when you’re out and about that you know these five first aid tips.
When it comes to first aid, experts at St John say you should always remember DR ABC.
It’s key to note that if you think there is a medical emergency, you should always call 999.
D – D is for danger – is it safe for you to approach someone who might need help? Check for obstructions and other possible issues. If the person has had too much to drink and they are aggressive, this could mean getting someone else to assist you if it is safe to do so.
R – R is for response. You need to check if the person is responsive. Do they answer you when you talk to them, or are they struggling to remain conscious? They could be unresponsive. If you’re dealing with an adult then you can gently shake their shoulders. When it comes to children you can gently tap them on the shoulder and for babies, gently tap their foot.
A – A is for airways. This is key, if the person is responsive, are they choking? If they aren’t responding then tilt their head back and lift their chin in order to try and open their airways.
B – Breathing. Is the person breathing? Look at their chest, is it rising? Listen, can you hear their breath? If they are not breathing then call 999 and start CPR and rescue breaths. The operator will be able to guide you through this process. You should keep doing this until the ambulance arrives. If you want to learn about how to use CPR, you can find out more through this helpful guide.
C – C is for circulation. Make sure you check if there are signs of bleeding. If the person is bleeding then control this with pressure and call 999.
Aside from these main points, you can also do a secondary survey to check how the person is feeling.
Experts at St John say that this can help you find minor and serious injuries.
You should check from head to toe and make a note as you go along.
Be sure to look out for any bleeding, swelling, dents, burns, fractures or high temperatures.
If they are responsive you should remember the word AMPLE.
Ask about Allergies, Medication, Previous medical history, Last meal and Event history.
What has happened to lead them to become unwell?
You should try and take down as many details as you can as this will help assist medics when they arrive and will mean the casualty won’t have to repeat themselves.
For more information on first aid tips, visit the St John Ambulance website.
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