First Aid for Hunters:

Millions of American and indeed,around the world participate in hunting especially men for game, camaraderie and food, which has the potential to cause disabling and even life threatening injury to the hunter and the fellow hunters; most people remember the Vice President who mistakenly shot his friend while hunting (who after a long hospitalization, Thank God,survived), so its a very good idea to learn how to administer even some basic first aid techniques in the wild to be able to handle an emergency till the professionals (EMT) arrive.

CPR

If you are one of the many, who don’t know how to perform CPR also known as cardiopulmonary rescusitation, contact a hospital, EMS or fire department in your area to find out when and where you can attend a community CPR training class, another option would be for you to contact a community college in your area in order to take a class. This is important whether you hunt or not, you just might be the one to save a friend, family member or even a stranger’s life.

Your safety comes first

This first rule of safety, during a crisis sounds selfish; but its also important, you will be more able to help someone else if you are able to stabilize your condition. Closely check out the scene of an accident for any possible unsafe conditions. You need to make the area as safe as possible for yourself and for any bystanders before beginning first aid. As previously stated if you were to become severely injured or incapacitated, you certainly wouldn’t be able to help anyone else. If you were to become injured without taking care of yourself first, Emergency service arriving on the scene to help would have you as an additional victim to care for. In a crises situation, seconds really does make a big difference.

Basic First Aid

EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) are taught the basics of administering first aid such as: breathing and circulation, Your first concern is whether the accident victim has a clear airway. If by any chance the mouth or throat is somehow blocked by water, blood or objects, this is the first area you should work on. Next check to make sure that the victim is breathing normally or is in danger of ceasing to breathe. The brain and vital organs cannot last long without getting enough oxygen.

Next check for a hearbeat and any injured area for the seepage of blood. Apply pressure to any bleeding areas with a clean cloth if at all possible, press hard to prevent further bleeding. If there are bystanders, ask for their help in applying pressure to any bleeding wounds. If the bleeding is intense and the wound happens to be on an arm or leg,Make what is called a tourniquet by using a belt or part of a rope to wrap around the limb to securely tighten it,in order to restrict the blood flow to the area of the injury, which should slow, if not stop the bleeding.

Get Help

Once you have controlled breathing of the victim and provided CPR, call for help and continue the CPR until rescue workers arrive. It can be exhausting to perform CPR, If there are other people around, you can take turns with each other frequently to avoid further fatigue.

If the hunting accident involve you or another hunter falling from a tree or other elevated area,Do NOT move until you’re absolutely sure there is not any possible injury of the spine. If you move a person with spinal injuries, it can cause the shattered bones to cut through to the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis. Talk to the victim and ask them to move their toes or fingers. If you ask them to do that and they are not able to, they have most likely injured their spinal column and need expert care in moving. If they are breathing well and they are not bleeding profusely, leave them for a while in that posisiton in order for you to be able to get help.

If they aren’t able to move either their toes or fingers, gingerly turn them over over on their back if they are not already in that position. Try to roll them over like you would to a long, keeping the head, legs and torso stiff and aligned as you roll them. This will go along way to preventing compression on the spinal cord, if the vertebra that protects the spinal cord has been compromised.

Sometimes when a person falls, they can get injuries that affect the neck area,making it difficult for that person to not be able to breathe on their own. If that’s the case, you will need to provide rescue breathing (aka mouth to mouth) until help arrives.

Finally, its very important to learn Firearm safety,if possible always hunt with others and use common sense like not getting too close to agressive animals, This can all go a long way to preventing hunting accidents, always let someone know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return, Accidents do happen and with diligence and education, you will hopefully not have accidents like the one that happened to the Vice President’s hunting partner,even come close to occurring to you or your fellow hunters.