The first 60 minutes after trauma, also referred to as the Golden Hour by medical professionals, are the most critical. Do you know what to do? Learn the 3 steps that could mean the difference between life and death. This is a must-see lesson for everyone.
Golden Hour Steps
- Call 911 and check to see if the trauma victim is breathing.
- Treat bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound - not above the wound; applying pressure above the wound will act as a tourniquet. If possible, elevate the wound; use gravity to slow the bleeding.
- Spinal immobilization. Always presume the trauma victim has a neck or back injury. Stabilize the victim's neck by "splinting" the head. Place something sturdy, like bags of flour or sugar (if you're at home), on both sides of the head; tape across the head, as shown in this video, to make sure the victim does not move.
Click here to watch Part 1 and learn more about the first Golden Hour Step.