Procedures for Emergency Care from Safe Kids Grand Forks

Safe Kids Grand Forks offers these tips for Emergency Care:

Your first step in providing emergency care is calling 9-1-1.

Be prepared to give information to the dispatcher, such as:
» Address of the emergency  » Telephone number  » Description of the problem
» Number of people injured  » Conditions of victims  » Care being provided
Do not hang up. Stay on the line with the dispatcher.

Once an emergency has been recognized, be calm and follow these steps:
Check: The scene for safety and the victim for consciousness
Call: 9-1-1
Care: For life-threatening conditions
Ensure: Your own safety before assisting others

Poisoning & Allergic Reaction


» Call Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
» Follow poison control directions  » Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so
» Monitor airway and breathing  » Keep the victim comfortable

Allergic Reaction:

» If difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1
» Ask the victim if he/she carries medication, if so, assist in administration
» Monitor airway and breathing  » Keep the victim resting quietly

Bone & Joint Injury


» Minimize movement!
» Place your hands on both sides of the victim’s head
» Tell the victim to respond verbally to questions and avoid nodding/shaking head
» Call 9-1-1
» Have the victim remain in the position found
» Maintain an open airway and continue to check for breathing
» Do not remove headgear


» Support the injured area above and below the injury site
» Do not move the injured part
» Splint an injury only if the victim must be moved
» Splint an injured limb in the position you find it


Stop: The burning by removing the victim from the heat source
Cool: The burn by flushing with large amounts of cool water for a minimum of 10 minutes (This will provide some comfort to the area)
Cover: The area with a sterile dressing
» Do not break blisters  » Do not apply ointments or creams
» Flush chemical burns for a minimum of 15 minutes

Call 9-1-1 for:
» Burns that cause breathing difficulty or signs of burns around the mouth/nose
» Burns covering more than one body part  » Burns on the head, neck, hands, feet or genitals
» Burns on a child or elderly person  » Burns on victims with medical conditions
» Burns resulting from chemicals, explosions or electricity


» Cover the wound with a dressing and apply direct pressure
» Do not remove the dressing. If it soaks through, add more on top
» Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart if you do not suspect broken bones
» Cover snugly with a bandage
» If bleeding does not stop, call 9-1-1 and apply more direct pressure

For more information, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.


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About safekids

Safe Kids Grand Forks is an injury prevention coalition who has as their mission to prevent unintentional injuries to children under the age of 10. Safe Kids Grand Forks is one of over 600 state and local coalitions affilicated with Safe Kids Worldwide in Washington, D.C. Altru Health System is the lead agency for SKGF and our goal is to collaborate and coordinate activivies of all entities in the community who have childhood injury prevention on their agenda. Together, we are keeping the children of our community and region safe!!