[First Aid] Central America: Came across an unconscious boy on the side of the road - how should I have responded?
March 20, 2010 10:23 AM Subscribe
You're driving in backwater Central America and find an unconscious, bleeding boy lying on the side of the road - What do you do? (Happened to me yesterday)
posted by Merlin144 to health & fitness (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My first thought was "this is some kind of trap to rob me" - but I had to stop. It wasn't. He either crashed his bicycle which was near him, or got beat up by someone. He was unconscious, breathing steadily, and had drying blood on his legs (looked like scrapes/ road rash) and face (came from his mouth).
I took his pulse, checked for rapid blood loss (none), tried to wake him by pouring water on him, and couldn't. I didn't move him for fear of spinal injury. I jumped in my car and went to get help - and 200 feet down the road encountered a truck coming from town to help him. My part of the story ends there.
No 911, 30+ miles to anywhere larger than a village. What do you do in this situation?