Examine the victim

You will next need to examine the victim’s body.  You should examine any area of the body that you think is affected by the EVENT in your SAMPLE history.

For example, if the victim cut his hand on a saw, you should examine the affected limb.  If the victim twisted his ankle you should examine the affected foot.  

On the other hand if the victim fell down a flight of stairs it is appropriate to examine the victim’s entire body head-to-toe.

Examination of the area consists of visual observation and light touching to see if the victim experiences any pain from the contact.  Note any areas that have open wounds, are tender to touch or are swollen.

This victim has been found unconscious after a fall down off a ladder and you have no idea where she is injured.  Mouse over all the parts of this victim’s body and find the three injuries on this victim.  

 Assessing Patients

The head has a large swollen and bruised area on the left side.

The neck appears to be uninjured.

The chest appears to be uninjured

The abdomen appears to be uninjured.

The hips appear injured - the patient winces in pain when you touch them.

The right arm appears uninjured

The right leg is badly broken - it’s oddly angled just below the knee

The left arm appears to be uninjured.

The left leg appears to be uninjured.