|Jesse O'Quinn demonstrating head-to-toe assessments|
What is the purpose of the assessment? To determine as clearly as possible the extent of injuries, determine what type of treatment is needed and to document injuries.
Look for what is called "the killers"--such as airway obstruction, excessive bleeding, and signs of shock. In a more thorough assessment look for bruising, swelling, severe pain, and disfigurement. Pay careful attention--look, listen and feel for anything unusual. Check body parts from top to bottom. Always remember the victim has the right to refuse treatment.
We broke off into groups to conduct head-to-toe assessments on persons suffering from a particular injury or condition such as hypothermia, nasal problems, splinting, and even a big object in the chest! You would be amazed to see how you can wrap up injuries with box full a seemingly useless junk! Lol.
I cannot stress enough how valuable this training is in this day and time. Get yourself prepared. IN-CERT director Khallid Greene and the team also just returned from doing a three-day training in Austin. So if you want them to come to your city please call Shandenia Gay @
More updates coming on this training we're receiving!
(All photos by Jesse Muhammad)