How do I interview an injured or ill person to find out what happened?

Remember to first identify yourself and to get the person’s consent to give care. Begin by asking the person’s name. This will make him or her feel more comfortable.

Ask simple questions such as:
*What happened?
*Do you feel pain or discomfort anywhere?
*Do you have any allergies?
*Do you have any medical conditions?
*Are you taking any medication?

Continue asking about their pain:
*Start by asking the person whether the pain is burning, crushing, throbbing, aching or sharp.
*Ask where it is located.
*Ask when the pain started and what the person was doing when it began.
*Ask the person to rate his or her pain on a scale of 1 (mild) to 10 (severe).
American Red Cross, elderly man, need assistance, aid elderly

Continue Learning about First Aid For Medical Emergencies & Conditions

Avoid Unnecessary Trips to the Emergency Department
Avoid Unnecessary Trips to the Emergency Department
In the movie Pay It Forward, the storyline is all about doing good deeds for strangers who, in turn, pass on a good deed to someone they don’t know. O...
Read More
How can I tell whether my child's medical problem is an emergency?
A pediatric emergency is any unforeseen, sudden situation during which you truly believe that your c...
More Answers
If I am with an injured person, when do I give care before calling 9-1-1?
American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross
With Care First situations, the conditions often are related to breathing emergencies.  Care Firs...
More Answers
How to Make a Makeshift Bat and Survival Bag
How to Make a Makeshift Bat and Survival Bag

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.