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Life Saving Assessment

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Aquatics Task Description: You will be given a scenario and some equipment. Your objective is to assess the situation and act accordingly. You will be asked to complete the scenario and then include a written evaluation describing: * What you did * The order in which you rescued the casualties * Give reasons behind your strategy. * Consider your applications of the 3 A's: * Awareness * Assessment * Action * What would you do differently the next time if you could do this rescue over again? My situation: In my scenario, there were 3 types of people in difficulty: 1) A weak swimmer 2) An injured swimmer (injured leg) 3) An unconscious swimmer I was also given the following equipments: -a noodle float -a rope -a kick board A bystander was also present to assist me. The following table shows a list of steps taken during this process: Step number What I did during the step: 1 As soon as the process started, I recognized that there was an unconscious, weak and injured swimmer. ...read more.

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3 (1st part) Having completed the phone call, I asked the bystander to help me by pulling the rope into a hoop, and throwing one end over to the injured swimmer to pull her in. It was evident that she was injured on her leg as she was in an awkward position in the water, grasping onto her leg, and this was affecting her ability to stay afloat in water. As the injury was on her leg, it did not affect her by allowing her to hold onto the rope, since it was not her arm that was injured. Her injury was not affecting her spine, and hence, I had learnt that it would be safer to avoid contact with the injured swimmer. By pulling her in with the rope, it eliminated the need for her to kick using her injured leg. I also told the injured swimmer to keep her arms wide to catch the rope and encouraged her to keep her head above the water and stay calm, and that help was on the way. ...read more.

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The first improvement that I would have to make is to make my transitions smoother. Before asking my bystander to help me rescue the injured swimmer, I was trying to untie the knot on the rope. However, after a few seconds, I realized that I was wasting time, and this was the time I told my bystander to help me rescue the injured swimmer. This delayed time in saving the unconscious, and she might have stopped breathing if I took too long. In addition, I should have provided more encouragement for the casualties. For the weak swimmer, I felt that I should have encouraged her that she would be fine. During the process, I did not provide much encouragement but rather only instructions. Improvements could also have been made during the process of rescuing the unconscious, such as checking that she was alive and breathing before bringing her back to shore. When I rescued the unconscious, I dived into the pool straight away and brought her to shore, forgetting to do the most basic checks. This would have been crucial in a real life situation as the casualty might have needed rescue breathing. ...read more.

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