How can I help someone who has had an accident?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The first moments after an accident can be critical to survival -- emergency doctors often call it the "golden hour." Learn what you can do in the moments after an accident in this video with Dr. Oz and Dr. Zachary Lutsky.

Shirley A. Jones, RN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Accidents are unexpected events that require immediate action. They can affect anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
  1. Make sure the scene is safe: Check for high tides, hazardous materials, floodwaters, fallen power lines, traffic, etc. 
  2. Activate the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system: Call 911 or other designated emergency number in your country or region.
  3. Check for breathing, unconsciousness, and severe bleeding.
  4. Don't move the person unless it's necessary.
  5. Begin CPR, if required.
  6. Stay calm. Continue to aid the person until help arrives.
First Aid, Survival, and CPR: Home and Field Pocket Guide

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First Aid, Survival, and CPR: Home and Field Pocket Guide

Be prepared for first aid care and survival in any setting-at home, on the road, outdoors, while boating, hiking, or camping. From performing CPR on an adult, child, or infant to dealing with bleeding and shock, cuts and broken bones, heart attacks, emergency childbirth, poisoning, drowning, scuba diving mishaps, wilderness survival, and natural disasters such as tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. This portable, waterproof guide helps you quickly find the information you need to develop a plan of action for assessing and treating all kinds of first aid and survival emergencies. A special feature includes pet safety describing how to assemble a pet first aid kit, performing CPR on a dog and cat, and keeping pets safe during natural disasters. Keep a copy in your home, car, boat, camper, or backpack and be "ready" when emergencies occur.

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