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What does a first responder do at an emergency?

A first responder in an emergency situation will assess vital signs, check history and help stabilize the illness for paramedics.

As a first responder, your first step is to assess the situation to ensure the scene is safe. The second step is to assess the victim’s airway, breathing, and vascular circulation. If the victim is not breathing, you should have someone else call 911 while you start CPR. Even if the victim is breathing, you should still have someone call 911 in the event of an emergency situation.

This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern Kentucky University Athletic Training Education Program.

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