Welcome to FirstAid4Free

Welcome to my first aid site. I'm a first aid trainer and assessor. I've been teaching first aid for about 10 years now. Everyone should have some first aid knowledge for in the home and work place. Not everyone has the chance to attend a full first aid course so I'll provide some key first aid points every week.

Important Notice

The information on this site is for guidance only. The first aid procedures are those in the current edition of the First Aid Manual at the time of inclusion on the site. Attendance on a first aid course to practice these procedures is always recommended.

Primary Survey 5: CIRCULATION

Primary Survey 5: CIRCULATION:
The current protocols refer to this as checking for 'signs of life'. A sign of life is normal body temperature, normal skin colour, breathing sounds and motion - if any of these are present it is a good sign the casualty still has a heart beat. There is no need to check the casualty for a pulse - indeed, finding a pulse is often difficult and too time consuming.

In the current protocols you will have already started CPR before checking for signs of life - see 'Basic Adult Life Support' and 'Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)' lessons.