First Aid Daily: 4.2 'DR.ABC'- Sending for help.

Day three of our ‘DR.ABC’ breakdown, and rather weirdly we’re covering ‘.’ . Yes, that is a full stop. Simply put there are two acronyms commonly used, both with the same breakdown. ‘DR.ABC’ and ‘DRSABC’. So what is this segment? Shout/send for help.

We need to remember that the primary survey isn’t used that often for minor injuries, it is primarily used for a scene of an incident which we don’t know what has happened. Like most things in life, apply common sense, we do not need to call an ambulance for a graze.

So… Shout/Send for help is relatively self-explanatory. However, there is a reason why we need to include it. Situations can change rapidly, and having an extra set of hands always helps, even if it is just to secure the area and make the call to the emergency services.

On that subject, if an emergency call is required, like most things, there’s the right way and the wrong way. Once connected to the emergency services we should relay information in order of priority. This is done by remembering the acronym “CLENSACH”


  • C- Caller; give your name, and phone number (should the call be cut off)
  • L- Location, state your location, postcode/building number/floor/nearby addresses etc.
  • E- Emergency, state the nature of the emergency
  • N- Number, state the number of casualties.
  • S- Sex, state the biological sex(es) of the casualty(ies)
  • A- Age, state the age(s) of the casualty(ies)
  • C- Condition, state the condition of the casualty(ies)
  • H- Hazards, State any notable hazards the emergency services may encounter on the way to your location e.g traffic or ice