Aids to Diagnosis

It is important to examine the casualty to look for any signs that could aid your diagnosis. Check for:

  • Bleeding
  • Breathing
  • Foreign Bodies (anything stuck in the skin)
  • Colour of Face
  • Groans
  • Swelling/Deformity
  • Burns
  • Pulse
  • Bruising
  • Incontinence
  • Temperature
  • Responses

It is also important to check around the casualty for any signs of what could have caused the incident/ injuries, such as:

  • Fire
  • Signs of electrical malfunction
  • Gas
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Dampness
  • Temperature (too hot or cold)
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