5- Checking for shock. Shock means there is inadequate blood going to the tissues and organs. There a quite a few different symptoms to look for These include:
Sweaty but cool skin (clammy skin).
6- Check for fractures. Spinal fractures are the most important to look for and there are a few things to look for. If the casualty is conscious, ask them if they are able to move. Try to determine any decreased sensation to extremities (paralyisis or numbness). Look for unusual body position, or odd angles of extremities. Open fractures are usually a bit easier to determine, since the bone is sticking through the skin (Did anyone else just cringe?) Things to look for when looking for closed fractues include:
7- Check for burns. These are easier to check for. There are a few levels and types of burns, but we'll only go over the three basic ones, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns.
1st degree- Red, tender area. Everyone has had these.
8- Check for head injuries. There are quite a few symptoms to look for here also:
Hah hah, and you people thought you were just drunk at the bars, huh?
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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