Re: Backcountry Emergency: Evaluation
Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 07:09:31 -0600
Alan R. Houser asked whether we believe he did the right thing to call in a
dustoff for a Scout who had injured his head with copious bleeding, at an
hour of day indicating that if he waited to see if there would be other
symptoms apparent to him it could be too dark for the pilot to find the
impromptu landing zone. As it turned out, the injury was surficial and
there was no concussion or other sequelae.
Alan asks specifically:
>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.
As you perhaps did, I would have immediatey examined the wound for
indications of skull damage and periodically have checked pupils for
reaction to light, and have made some evaluation of motor ability; even so,
I would have done the same thing as you unless thoroughly satisfied that
further injury and treatment with stitches could both be ruled out
conclusively. In today's world with some of my brother & sister attorneys
and some parents having no appreciation for common sense as to what in this
world should be accepted as a reasonable cost of "having a life," I believe
you were wise. I would hate to try to keep any kind of open wound clean in
camp... and I doubt that shaving the head and doing the stitches on scene
would be something accepted by the world. Whether the youth could have
walked the two miles is another question, but only you were in a position
to judge that.
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Now on a lighter level: I figure with an average of 20 scouts in my troops,
and 12 campouts a year, and about ten years of this, that's 2,400
opportunities to bring one home not in good shape, or even to lose one; now
to lose only one in 2,400 is well over 99% good results. And the parents
of the 1 should understand also; right? <|;-).
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