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Sanidad Militar

versión impresa ISSN 1887-8571


NAVIO FERNANDEZ, S.  y  FUNEZ NACLE, M.. Appreciating knowledge in first aid in combat with the Spanish soldiers. Sanid. Mil. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.1, pp.8-14. ISSN 1887-8571.

In international missions the military are exposed to multiple risks putting their lives in danger. Having first aid knowledge and skills in the treatment of serious injuries, gives soldiers the necessary tools to provide first aid to a wounded person. First of all it is essential to assure the safety of the scene of the incident before exposing ourselves or others to possible danger. General objective: Assess the level of first aid knowledge that the soldiers taking part in the studio have. Specific objectives: 1. Check if the battalion of soldiers believes they are ready to provide first aid to a partner injured whilst in combat. 2. Analyse if they take into consideration the safety of the incident location before helping the victims. 3. Check if they are trained to identify a serious external haemorrhage and a situation of cardiorespiratory arrest to be able to provide first aid. Material and method: A quantitative study, and prospective and transversal descriptive. With a sample of 269 soldiers, of which 178 of them complete a survey that provides the necessary data to evaluate first aid knowledge and abilities and the checking the safety of the scene. Results: The results provide sufficient information to evaluate the soldiers' level of first aid knowledge, whether or not they have the necessary skills, if they believe that they are capable of dealing with these kinds of wounds, and if they control correctly the security of the scene. Conclusions: The battalion of soldiers believe they have all the necessary knowledge to correctly control the scene of the accident, the necessary knowledge to provide first aid to soldier wounded in combat, and they believe are capable providing first aid.

Palabras clave : Assuring the scene of the incident; First aid and tourniquet; Wounded in combat.

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