Some accidents result in personal injuries that stop the victim from breathing and/ or stop their blood circulation around the body by stopping the heart.
Having secured the scene of the accident to prevent further accidental injuries and called for help, establish whether the injured person is conscious. If he or she is unconscious, check whether they are breathing and, if not, check their airways for obstructions, followed by giving them two short rescue breaths by:
- Pinching their nose
- Taking a deep breath
- Sealing your lips around their mouth
- Blowing into their mouth
- Checking to see if the chest rises and falls
Following this, check the person’s circulation by feeling for a pulse. If there is no circulation, you may have to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). While CPR should ideally only be performed by qualified personnel, especially as techniques to be used depend on whether assisting an adult, a child or an infant, immediate help may save the injured individual’s life.
CPR after road accidents if circulation is lacking
Performing CPR on an adult injured by traffic accident should be done by:
- Placing the heel of your hand onto the centre of the victim’s chest
- Placing your second hand on top of the first and interlocking the fingers of both
- Pressing down (keeping arms straight) by approximately five cm
This application of pressure is known as a chest compression. It should be performed 30 times (rate should be 100 compressions/ minute), followed by two rescue breaths as described above. The cycle (30 compressions followed by two breaths) should, if necessary, be repeated continually until professional help is available.
Car accident compensation
If your life was saved by another person in this manner, you may well wish to thank them for their help once you have recovered from your injuries. You may, however, also want to consider claiming for driver or passenger injury compensation if the accident leading to your need to be given CPR was caused by someone else.
Whether you required CPR or not, if you suffered an injury by vehicle accident within the last three years, and someone else was responsible for the incident, complete the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s web page, or call one of their advisers on 0800 689 0500 to determine whether a compensation claim is justified and has a chance of being successful. Calls are free, confidential and free of obligation to go ahead with a claim.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown