Re: Backcountry Emergency: Evaluation
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 07:05:35 -0400
>I want to ask the collective wisdom what other or alternative actions could
>have been taken. Was I being overly cautious (or even panicky) in sending
>for evacuation immediately? Should I have waited a little while to evaluate
>him more (I have Red Cross first aid, but no other medical training)? What
>would you have done differently? By the way, no one here has even hinted
>that they question my response, so this is strictly academic postmortem.
One of the first things that I was taught about First Aid while a Scout was
to always seek professional help as soon as possible. Apply what immediate
treatment is needed -- stop bleeding, start breathing, treat for shock, and
the like -- then send for help. Preferably someone should be getting help
while you are doing those things. This was continually beat into our heads.
Given that, most likely I would have reacted exactly like you did.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City