If you respond to a casualty, and you are first on scene, it will be necessary to handover this casualty (Patient) to the appropriate authority, usually, an ambulance crew, doctor, or other medical professional who is better qualified and equipped to deal with the situation.
Whilst treating your casualty, information can be collected from them, or bystanders (if the casualty is conscious, gaining this information is a good way to also assist in maintaining response from them.
On arrival of a crew, or other professional, information should be relayed for their consideration, including:
- Patients name
- Age (DOB)
- Brief event history
- Past medical history
- Mechanism of injury (Known or suspected)
- Injuries found / suspected
- Patients signs and symptoms
- Treatment given
- Medication taken
Even when further help is available, it’s important to remain on site until discharged. You might be required to assist further.
If it has been your duty to respond, then, an incident report form must be completed as soon as possible.