DIY first aid

2: Falls; stair diving, pavement eating, picking fights with cars

Soft body meets fast moving hard object, or vice versa.

Breaking bones is the most common outcome of this pastime, that's not going to kill anyone but it might be a good idea to find out how to do bandages and stuff. If it's simply a broken arm or leg, then immobilise it by tying an arm to the persons body or tying legs together, then get them off to casualty. If you do this though, never straighten a broken bone, or swing a damaged joint - if the arm or leg is bent at a strange angle, do your best to keep it in this shape or position **bind as you find**

More important is what happens if the fall is big enough, or they are hit by something heavy enough, or if they're crap at landing.

If this has happened, the person will be laying on the ground, maybe unconscious or maybe groaning in pain.

Look for arms, legs and most importantly, heads, twisted at strange angles.

This is where you have to make a fast decision: If it looks like a bad fall or accident, DON'T LET THE PERSON BE MOVED If it later turns out not to be serious, no harm has been done by your caution but it's probably the most important thing you can do.

Certainly don't let them be moved until you have at least checked out a couple of things: If the person can talk, ask them to move their feet and hands, can they feel you touching or pinching them? If not they stay where they are till professional help arrives. If the person is unconscious or in pain - especially when they try and move themselves, then they stay where they are for sure. You may need help to keep them there sometimes.

The reason for this is they may have a spine injury and you could easily make it a lot worse by moving them.

Make them comfortable and get help.

The exception of course is if you have to get them away from some danger such as fire or a live wire, then be very careful how you move them.

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