Most experts say that at the scene of most accidents, the first thoughts should be, “What can I do to protect victims from sustaining additional injuries?” Pausing for a few seconds, literally, and looking over the situation, you’ll probably see several things that should be done before caring for victims. (The Road and Travel Magazine: Auto Accident – First On The Scene)
Thanks to her medical and emergency training, Amanda was able to quickly assess the situation while the police, ambulance and EMS services were still en route to the accident scene. She knew that moving an injured person could make an already critical situation far worse.
“I climbed into the badly mangled car and I put a flashlight on the man’s face,” she said, adding that she noticed immediately that the man was seriously injured. “And I saw that his chest was rising up and down.” The next day, while back at Branford Hall vocational training institute where she is receiving her medical assistant training, she shared the previous night’s events with her classmates and instructors. They were all saying: oh, now you’re a hero, Amanda said with a giggle.