reassurance When an injured or ill responsive adult needs emergency
care, ask permission before you assist the person. Asking for permission to help also acts to reassure
the patient, noting that you are trained appropriately.
in the right way You ask for permission to help with the Emergency
Responder statement. You simply say,“Hello?
My name is ____________. I’m a First Aider/ Emergency Responder. May I help you?”
Get agreement It’s important to get the patient’s agreement if he is alert and responsive. If
the patient agrees or doesn’t respond, you can proceed with emergency care.
consent If a responsive adult becomes unconscious, most
laws assume implied permission – meaning you can proceed with emergency care.
Help without touching If an injured or
ill responsive adult refuses emergency care, do not force it on the person. If possible, talk with the
individual and monitor the patient’s condition by observation without providing actual care. You
could, however, activate Emergency Medical Services by calling for an ambulance or Paramedic at this time.
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