Safety First: Threats


Study Notes:

  1. 1.Take another quick look around to make sure you and your patient are still safe.

  2. 2.Take another quick look at your patient to make sure that their condition hasn’t changed dramatically.

“T is for Threats”


“Safety First” ... Table of Contents

Safety    Use your BSI - Biological Safety

              F is for Fire - Scene Safety

I                 I is for Incident: MOI/NOI          

R                Determine the numbeR of patients

S                Send for help

T                Trauma to the C-spine?

G                General impression of the patient

E                Estimate LOAs

T                Threats to you or your patient?

1°A             1° Airway

1°B             1° Breathing

1°C             1° Circulation

1°D             1° Decision

2°A             2° Airway

2°B             2° Breathing

2°C             2° Circulation

2°D             2° Decision

Make sure you’re still safe!

This T stands for ‘Threats’, and it reminds you to pick your head up at this point and just make sure that there aren’t any obvious environmental threats to you or your patient that you might have missed, or that might have appeared while you were doing your quick assessments.

The sort of threats we worry about are things like: traffic, people, animals, structural damage … anything.  Basically, you are doing a quick scene survey again to make sure you’re not in danger.

Then take a quick look at your patient to make sure they’re still they way you thought they were.  Again, you’re just doing a quick check to make sure that they aren’t in some new danger (like a gross bleed).

After you’ve done that, you’re ready to move on to the ABC’s ...