Rescuer Safety

It is essential  members of the medical team ensure  it is safe to approach an ill or injured player. The SAFE approach is as follows:

  • Shout for help
  • Assess the scene
  • Ensure Free from danger
  • Evaluate the player

These principles have been discussed in detail in the initial assessment and BLS sections. It is important that these principles are upheld during basic life support with defibrillation

Defibrillation is potentially dangerous to the rescuer. It is important the patient is not in standing water, and that the anterior chest wall is dry. The practitioner pressing the “shock” button is responsible for ensuring the safety of all team members. This is achieved with clear commands prior to shocking and a careful and deliberate look to ensure nobody is in contact with the patient. It is also important to ensure that any sources of oxygen flow are removed from the patient prior to defibrillation.