What are the 8 steps in evaluating a casualty?

The 8 steps in evaluating a casualty is an aide-memoir taught in battlefield / combat first aid by army medical services around the world. It is designed to prioritise life-saving assessments first (e.g: airway / breathing) before moving onto other components such as bleeding and burns.

The 8 steps to evaluate a casualty

1) Responsiveness – are they conscious? unconscious?
2) Breathing
3) Pulse
4) Bleeding
5) Shock
6) Fractures
7) Burns
8) Concussions / head injuries

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John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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