LAY PATIENT ON BACK, SEND FOR DOCTOR. FIRST AID ADVICE BY THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN, 1946.
|Douglas Fairbanks, Knight of the Order, 1958|
I’ve just come across a POCKET GUIDE TO FIRST AID published by the Grand Priory of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in 1946. No, I did not make that up.
Here is some useful advice from that remarkable book.
- Apoplexy: Lay patient on back. Send for doctor.
- Drowning: Lay patient in prone position. Send for doctor as soon as possible.
- Nose bleed: Place patient in sitting position head thrown back…Keep mouth open, no blowing of nose.
- Shock: A serious condition which frequently follows severe accidents…Lay on back, loosen clothing, keep warm.
- Frozen person: There must be no sudden application of heat to a frozen person…Thawing should be carried out in cool room with open window.
Okay, but do I lay the frozen person on the back or in the prone position?
- Gas Poisoning: Remove from poison air.
- Hysteria: Avoid sympathy, speak firmly.
- Hanging: Do not wait for police…cut rope.
Okay, I’ll say it again: No, I didn’t make that up. It’s all in the book, which was published in Canada, by the way, and is therefore bilingual. En Français:
Apoplexie: Couchez le malade sur le dos. Envoyez cherche le médicin…