Secondary Survey


Secondary Survey


The secondary survey is carried out to check for visible and non-visible injuries


Secondary Survey



Once you know that the casualty is either breathing normally, or unconscious and in the recovery position, the next task is to perform the secondary survey, which helps to establish whether there are any injuries so that you can prioritise and deal with them.


Steps

  • wear protective gloves as the casualty could be bleeding and you do not want to expose yourself to infection
  • you are looking for any obvious deformities - could be a fracture
  • any open wounds
  • compare one side of the body to the other
  • feel for swelling & deformities - swelling could indicate internal bleeding. If that is in the abdomen or thigh, treat as an emergency and call for help immediately


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