First Aid Tips: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse
Date: Friday, 26 October 2018. -
With the new series of The Walking Dead airing on TV at the moment, we thought it would be the perfect time to explore some first aid tips that could help Rick and the gang to survive the zombie apocalypse.
The Walking dead cast have been doing their best to survive for 9 seasons and they have had their fair share of medical emergencies.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, then be warned, there will be a lot of spoilers!
Treating a bleeding wound
A bleeding wound is probably one of the most common medical dilemmas, but can be easily treated if you know how to.
Firstly, apply pressure to the cut or wound until the bleeding stops. This should preferably be done with a clean cloth or tissue, but if you are running low on supplies during an apocalypse, any material will suffice! If the wound is on an arm or leg, then you should elevate the limb above the heart, to slow down the bleeding.
If a bleeding wound is not quickly tended to, then a victim will be at risk of shock and blood loss, which can lead to unresponsiveness.
It is also important to ensure that the wound is cleaned up once it has stopped bleeding, to avoid any infection.
T-Dog would benefit from this first-aid knowledge during season 2 of The Walking Dead, as he cuts his arm on a large piece of metal and experiences severe blood loss. Although he is bandaged up, T-Dog suffers from blood poisoning, as his wound has not been cleaned properly. As if living through a zombie outbreak isn’t enough, he starts to hallucinate due to the blood poisoning and only recovers after scavenging for antibiotics.
Stocking a first aid kit
Even if you’re not fighting zombies on a daily basis, having a fully-stocked first aid kit is essential. There are a few items that would’ve been useful in T-Dog’s situation, such as cleaning wipes, antiseptic cream and bandage dressings. However, it would obviously be much harder to prepare yourself with each of these items during a zombie outbreak.
Having a first aid kit means that you can quickly treat minor injuries and prevent them from becoming worse.
Performing effective CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid skill that everyone should know: without effective CPR, as well as defibrillation, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival is low. However, almost a third of people in the UK would not feel confident administering CPR if someone around them collapsed.
CPR comprises of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths, which helps to pump blood and oxygen around the body when the heart can’t. This should be provided when someone is unresponsive and not breathing.
We see Lori attempting CPR in season 3, after Hershel is bitten on the leg by one of the walkers. Before Hershel has the chance to turn into a zombie, Rick amputates his leg, resulting in Hershel losing consciousness and stopping breathing. Lori firstly checks his pulse, then begins CPR, helping him to regain consciousness.
Responding to a seizure
A seizure occurs due to complex chemical changes in the brain, which lead to a surge of electrical activity. They are often a symptom of a number of different disorders that can affect the brain.
If you witness someone having a seizure, do not attempt to move them, unless they are in a dangerous location. Instead, you should cushion their head and loosen any tight clothing around their neck.
After getting shot in the stomach and losing a lot of blood, Carl suffers a seizure and you can see him convulsing on the bed. The seizure lasts around a minute, however, they can vary from lasting a few seconds to a few minutes. In Carl’s situation, calling for medical help is not possible, but in reality, you should phone for an ambulance if a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or if you are aware that it is the casualty’s first time having one.
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