cpr first aid

First Aid Basics

I just got certified in CPR and First Aid last month with the American Heart Association. I wanted to share this information with you, because a lot of what we see on TV is not at all accurate as to what you’re supposed to do to actually help someone. Here are some of the topics that were covered:

First Aid Basics

Here are the steps you should follow when addressing a situation where a person may be injured/unconscious: 

  • Check to make sure the scene is safe- you are no help to anybody if you also get hurt
  • If the person is responsive: “Are you okay?”
  • If they are unresponsive, hit their shoulders hard and yell: “Are you okay?” to see if you can rouse them
  • Phone 911 and put the phone on speaker (you can delegate this task to somebody else if you’re not alone)
  • Have somebody get a First Aid kit (don’t leave the person if you’re by yourself unless the 911 operator tells you to)
  • Is the person conscious? Unconscious?
  • Check them for any obvious signs of injury
  • Check them for medical jewelry

Remember

  • Time is of the essence! Be decisive and confident. 
  • Don’t be afraid to call for help and assign people tasks
  • You can only perform CPR on a flat service. If a person needs CPR and is on a bed or in a chair, move them to the floor immediately. Don’t worry about hurting their head or anything, if they don’t get CPR immediately, their life expectancy is significantly less. (See my CPR post for full details)
  • Do not move the person unless the area they’re in is unsafe. If you have to move the person, drag them by their clothes and pull them to safety.

Adult Choking

There are both mild and severe cases of adult choking. In a mild case, the person choking will be able to make a sound or cough loudly. Typically these cases resolve themselves. 

  • Ask: “Are you choking? Can I help you?”
  • If the person cannot make a sound or cough in response, they are suffering from severe choking.
  • Walk around back of the person and put your arms around them
  • Make a fist with your dominant hand
  • Place your fist slightly above the belly button and below the chest bone.
  • Grasp the fist with your other hand
  • Give quick upward thrusts
  • If the person is overweight or pregnant, put your arms around the person’s armpits.

If you are unsuccessful in removing the blockage, the person will quickly become unresponsive. You will need to perform adult CPR and call 911.

After chest compressions (see above link) check person’s mouth to see if the thing they choked on is visible. If it is visible, remove it. Never going digging around in someone’s mouth

Amputation

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put gauze on the wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top and keep applying pressure until the bleeding stops
  • Clean the amputated part with water
  • Warp the amputated part with dressing 
  • Put the amputated part in a small plastic bag
  • Get a larger plastic bag and fill it with equal parts ice and water
  • Put the small plastic bag inside the large plastic bag
  • Label the bag with person’s name and time of the injury

Asthma (How to Operate an Inhaler)

People diagnosed with asthma will typically be aware of it and may have an inhaler on them. If someone has an asthma attack:

  • Ask them: “Are you okay? Do you need your inhaler?” 
  • The person will probably be able to give some sort of indication in response
  • If they need their inhaler: 
    • Locate the inhaler
    • Put the medicine (metallic capsule pictured below) in the inhaler if it is not already in there, it will click into place
  • Shake the inhaler to activate the medicine
  • Attach the mouth piece if it’s unattached (not all inhalers have one, it is not pictured below)
  • Remove the cap (cap is darker blue piece pictured below)
  • Have the person put their head back
  • Put the inhaler in the person’s mouth
  • Push down on the canister and have them breathe out slowly
  • They should begin to feel relief immediately, but you should still have them sit down and take it easy for a while
    • Call 911 if they are still having difficulty breathing after the inhaler has been administered

Bee Sting

Usually bee stings present only mild irritation and pain. If the person stung has a severe allergic reaction, you will need to call 911.

  • Get a first aid kit
  • Scrape away the bee stinger and venom sack using a credit card or something similar in nature
  • Wash the affected area with lots of soap and running water
  • Wrap a bag of ice in a towel and place it over the affected area for 20 minutes or until the pain is gone
  • Watch the person for up to 30 minutes for signs of an allergic reaction
    • Call 911 if they present any classic allergy symptoms

Bleeding from Nose

  • Have the person lean their head forward
  • Get a First Aid kit
    • Or have someone else get one
  • Have the bleeding person apply pressure to the bridge of their nose using gauze from the First Aid kit
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top until the bleeding stops
  • Call 911 if the bleeding lasts longer than 15 minutes

Heat Cramps/Dehydration

Can lead to heat exhaustion! These typically happen when someone is dehydrated and tries to do lots of physical activity.

  • Have the person sit down and cool off
  • Have them drink something with sugar and electrolytes
    • Water will work in a pinch but sugary drinks and gatorade are preferred

Heat Exhaustion

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Have the person lie down
  • Cool the person by pouring water on them or wetting them with wet cloths until they begin to act normally
  • Have them drink something with sugar and electrolytes
    • Water will work in a pinch but sugary drinks and gatorade are preferred
  • Wait with them until help arrives

Opioid Overdose

My instructor said that these will often happen in an unsafe or an isolated environment. Always check to make sure that the scene is safe- look out for needles. 

Naloxone is used to revive people who have overdosed on opioids. If you find someone who has overdosed on opioids you happen to have naloxone on you and know how to administer it, the American Heart Association recommends that you use it instead of waiting for help to arrive.

Responsive:

  • Yell for help
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Wait with the person until help arrives

Unresponsive

  • Yell for help
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Perform five cycles of adult CPR
  • Wait for help

Seizure

Seizures are abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Typical seizure symptoms: spasms, muscle rigidity, and unconsciousness. Seizures typically last between 60-90 seconds before the person gains consciousness. 

  • Do NOT touch the person who is having a seizure
  • Do NOT put anything in their mouth
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • If there are people around, ask them to get a First Aid kit while you wait with the person having the seizure
    • Don’t leave the person having a seizure if you are alone
  • Move objects away from the person having the seizure so that they don’t knock into them
  • If possible, place a small towel/pad underneath the person’s head
  • If the person starts vomiting, turn them over on their side so that they don’t choke
    • If possible use gloves and an eye mask from a First Aid kit to avoid exposure to bodily fluids
  • After they come to, they may be bleeding from the mouth. 
    • Use gauze from a First Aid kit to stop the bleeding
    • Have them apply pressure with the gauze until the bleeding stops
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

Splints

Splints should be significantly longer than the injured area. They’re used to constrict movement, so the person is injured should not be able to move freely once the splint is applied. Splints are use to treat broken/dislocated bones. It’s very difficult to tell if a bone is actually broken or just dislocated, so don’t worry about it and just splint the thing.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put on gloves/eye glasses from the First Aid kit to avoid contamination from bodily fluids
  • Cover exposed wound area with gauze
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top until the bleeding stops.
  • Place a strip of rigid material underneath the injured area
  • Use gauze/dressing from the First Aid kit to secure the splint by wrapping material above and below the injured area
    • Never tie material directly over the injury
  • Have the person stay as still as possible until help arrives

Stroke

Strokes are caused from blockage/bleeding from things like blood clots. Typical signs of a stroke: face drooping (or numbness), arm weakness (or numbness), and speech difficulty. There is nothing much you can do except wait with the person and try to make them comfortable until help arrives.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Note the time that the stroke symptoms began (this will help hospital technicians)
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

Tourniquets

Some First Aid kits will come with a pre-made tourniquet. If your kit does not have a tourniquet you can make one fairly easily. Tourniquets should only be used for injuries where the person is squirting blood. No squirting blood? Use a splint.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put on gloves/eye glasses from the First Aid kit to avoid contamination from bodily fluids
  • Fold cloth or a bandage so that it’s long and an inch wide
  • Wrap the the bandage/cloth two inches above the wound
    • Never apply a tourniquet bandage/cloth on a joint (like elbows or knees). 
  • Find a small stick
  • Place the small stick atop the cloth/bandage and tie it there
  • You can now turn the small stick to tighten the cloth/bandage
  • Have the injured person lay down and try to move as little as possible
  • Do not remove the tourniquet- even if the bleeding stops.
  • Wait until help arrives.

So the first set of these is technically not complete yet because Coran, but, headcanons I have developed in the process of writing these:

   1. When Shiro was a cadet at the Garrison there was a very memorable incident involving a stomach bug, dubious amounts of caffeine and passing out in front of the entire class. He was filmed. It went viral. It’s long since died down but a certain part of Shiro lives in fear of the idea that someday the team is going to find out about that one time he became a meme.

As a bonus: Lance is actually familiar with the “must be finals week” meme (it goes around local sources on rare occasions, usually, well, around finals week) but doesn’t know that guy is Shiro. 

  2. Lance is, by a long margin, the best swimmer on the team. Guy’s terrifying. You’d think mister daunting physical specimen Shiro would give him a run for his money- and even down an arm and dragging a heavy prosthetic he does pretty good- but Lance has five years of holding down a summer job as a lifeguard, he could swim across a lake and back in a day for kicks.

If asked he’ll totally insist that he took the job to spend time around cute girls in swimsuits but if you don’t think every second of that CPR and first aid training has stuck with him or that he doesn’t take that dead serious, you’re wrong.

(On a related topic, he wanted to be a professional mermaid when he was a kid. Every costume-related thing ever in his childhood, he would dress as a mermaid. without fail.)

  3. Keith actually does have a noticeable drawl but only on very certain words and phrases and it comes and goes. It’s virtually never there and attempts to point it out don’t work because Keith is oblivious he’s actually doing anything.

(”If y’all’d’ve listened to me in the first place-” “‘y’all’d’ve?’” “I said if you had listened to me in the first place”)

  4. Pidge is actually pretty nice when it comes to video games, she’ll cut you some slack if you’re having a hard time even though she’ll also joke about it. Matt Holt, though. In this single area of his life Matt Holt takes no prisoners. He’ll talk about it like it’s all in good fun and there is nothing competitive here as he selects Rainbow Road for the third time. 

  5. If you’re Hunk’s friend, he fully intends to avenge you if anything happens. Sometimes, he will mention this. Most of the team takes this as a joke. Lance knows better.

  6. Nobody is really surprised by the revelation that Allura is shredded and Altean clothing tends to be very modest. They are, however, generally surprised by the revelation that Coran is shredded.

  7. Allura can sing. I don’t mean this as cute rom-com “oh, wow, you have a pretty voice” I mean, if you’ve ever seen that vine with “I don’t trust this they’re probably sirens”- that’s Allura. First time someone hears it, it’s Lance, he doesn’t see her, and he’s concerned the Castle is haunted again. It doesn’t help that certain rooms have absolutely great acoustics and Allura is very aware of this.

Sometimes the mice try to sing accompaniment which doesn’t tend to go that well, not because the mice are bad, but because it’s too cute for Allura to deal with. Years of choral training did not prepare her for tiny precious babies with chirpy little voices. 

7

The year is 1974. The Gravel Wars are over, Grey’s robot menace is subdued, and Miss Pauling is finally getting a handle on her new role as President and CEO of Mann Co. when a wholly unexpected threat emerges in the form of a doomsday cult calling themselves Rise & Shine. Convinced that the end is near, they want nothing more than to purify the world of the taint of weaponry and violence through… more violence. (But it’s okay when they do it! Don’t ask.) The destruction of Mann Co.—the world’s largest supplier of guns, ammunition, and novelty hats for some reason—is their #1 priority.

This new enemy is decentralized and mobile. A threat could pop up anywhere in the world, so Team Fortress must step up their game. Mann Co. pays the bills, and the boss lady says these Risers must be stopped.

You are the Driver.

Wherever the team needs to go, you can get them there. You also provide vital support in battle, which is no longer confined to neat little bases. You’re an expert navigator, capable in every kind of terrain, always on your toes. You know how to drive most land vehicles, and the ones you don’t, you’re pretty sure you could figure out within 15 minutes. For this job, you stick with the company car. 

Your vehicle, aside from a setting for awkward road trips, is a home away from home once your mission begins. When fully set up, it’s the place where your teammates can top off their health and ammo or, in worst case scenarios, respawn. Guard it with your life.

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randomstoryblog  asked:

Hi, Aunt Scripty! What are the consequences of doing a CPR on someone who doesn't need it? Is it dangerous? And do you know if someone who did it can be punished for it? (Ofc it's a writing question!) aaand I love your blog!

Hey there! I love your question!!

YES, CPR IS DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY BY UNTRAINED PERSONNEL. However, that untrained person is likely protected by “Good Samaritan” laws against legal action. Consult @scriptlawyer or, better yet, do a search for “Good Samaritan Laws” + “Your State / City / Country”. Essentially, people are protected from liability when trying to Do Good Deeds.  

Here’s a short list of some of the potential side effects of CPR, especially if performed improperly:

Rib fractures

Liver lacerations

Trauma to the bronchi or airways

Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)

Rib fractures are extremely common – in fact, they’re an indicator that CPR is being performed correctly. The others are rare, but potentially lethal.

So yes, CPR is dangerous.

The only thing more dangerous to giving someone CPR is not giving someone CPR when they need it.

Look, if your character’s only options are “I break some ribs but they might live” or “Fuck it, they’re probably not dead-dead, right?”, and your character guesses wrong about whether the person is alive, your character has allowed someone to die who may be viable.

So yes, medfolk characters might judge someone hard who did CPR on a living person, but they’ll judge someone way more harshly for walking by a viable corpse and doing nothing to make it better.

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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some jake headcanons I thought of earlier:

  • Listens to 80s rock, Ed Sheeran, and whatever playlist Rich is stuck on. He and Michael end up making playlists for each other to show each other new music.
  • Always been big on first aid?? CPR certified, can use an AED, always has a first aid kit on him, knows how to do stitches, whole nine yards.
  • After the fire, takes like 4 fire safety classes; he never wants to feel as helpless as he did in that fire
  • Feels alone a lot and that’s why he’s so involved in clubs
  • Refuses to acknowledge the loneliness. He always laughs off his friends questions and changes the subject to them
  • Jeremy is like his little brother, he’d do anything to protect him
  • Has a small studio apartment after the fire!! once he graduates he gets a dog (a female golden retriever named Molly)
  • LOVES helping people??? He feels like since his parents broke the law, him helping others is his way of saying 'i wont be like them’
  • bottles everything up and only lets certain people know what he’s actually going through
  • ( @quirkofart came up with these with me and I love it) Volunteers at a retirement home
  • Is the adoptive grandchild of like 16 grandmothers. Goes to them for advice on everything, and they all sit in a circle and have tea on Friday afternoons.
  • Holds grandchildren day once a month!! There’s video games and board games and all the children come and play and spend time with their grandparents – they love him bc he’s like a jungle gym to them
  • They give him baked goods all the time, and he brings them to school. Everyone questions and he’s just like ‘oh yeah adoptive my grandparents gave them to me! want a cookie? nancy makes the best chocolate chip ones.’
  • They also teach him to cook. The squip squad loves it bc they never have to worry about not having food thanks to his multiple adoptive grandparents.
Medic Tip #3

First steps for all medics on scene:

#1 Check the scene:

Before you come up to an injured/unconscious person, you need to be aware of any dangers that may have been the mechanism of injury. Examples include a violent person, electrical shock, tear gas, etc. This is important for obvious reasons. Medics are sparce and if you are incapacitated and/or dead, you’re not much help. That being said, as a protest medic you need to be aware that you are accepting the risks of a protest environment. You may be tear gassed, you may become a target. Counter-protestors and cops probably won’t give you grace. As a medic, you should take every precaution possible to keep yourself safe, but also have clear boundaries of how far you’re willing to go to help someone. Things are going to get bad out there.


#2 Asking for consent to treat from victims:

You can’t help someone who is conscious and alert without asking first. A sample script would be “Hi, my name is _ and I am CPR and first aid certified. Can I assist you?” If the victim becomes unconscious and/or unresponsive, this may change.

This brings up the idea of implied consent. When someone is unconscious/unresponsive, or when someone is confused/dazed and unable to communicate, etc, implied consent is a practice where you assume they would give consent to treatment if they were in the right mindset. Implied consent also covers infants/children/minors when parents/guardians (over 18) are absent. In these cases, the Good Samaritan law will protect you, even in cases where victims have DNR orders.

NOTE: implied consent is in regards to first aid/CPR/life support ONLY. Please do not use this term outside of this context.

#3 contact EMS (emergency medical services) if needed, or have someone do it for you. Do not assume that a witness will call. You are the one in charge, you need to direct bystanders to call. If you are by yourself and the victim is unresponsive: call EMS first if the victim is an adult, then perform CPR/rescue breaths, if the victim is a child/infant, perform two rotations then call.

BTS | Lifeguards AU

I don’t really know why, but I just thought of the boys as lifeguards and wanted to make a few quick aus about it haha.  I’m also a certified lifeguard, which helped a lot while writing these.  Hope you all enjoy!

Rap Monster

  • Is a lifeguard at this enormous water park that is known for their wide selection of waterslides; they even have a wave pool!
  • Everyone who grows up within an hour of the park practically grew up there over the summers because it is relatively inexpensive and there’s a whole area for adults to relax without worrying about their kids.
  • To be completely honest Namjoon doesn’t think much of being a lifeguard, like yeah he is in charge of saving lives, but his heart is not really set on it, so it’s only temporary.
  • However, Namjoon really likes the pay and he has become friendly with all the other lifeguards so overall he actually doesn’t mind working there.
  • The only downsides are that the water park is located in the middle of nowhere, so the commute is just insane, but also that his station is usually at the top of one of the bigger waterslides…
  • It’s not really the height of where he is working that freaks him out, it is just the fact that he knows he is really clumsy, and is afraid that he will, one day end up tripping and falling into the slide,
  • Just the thought of it haunts his dreams, Namjoon is terrified of what all the other guards will think if that happens because he is relatively new to this job and cares what his coworkers think about him.
  • Usually his job includes him just waiting for when the person comes out of the water slide at the bottom and is a safe distance away for the next person to go,
  • so it’s a simple and easy going job for the most part,
  • that being said Namjoon still has that irrational fear of his and tries to switch shifts with people who work guarding the wave pool.
  • Can almost always be seen wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, and because of this, sometimes the patrons think he’s all tough and stuff but in reality… no.
  • He’s so gentle and kind to others and is always extra polite to elders.
  • Owns too many articles of clothing and merchandise with peace signs on them to count.
  • During staff training Namjoon met another lifeguard who he quickly became friends with, who somehow convinced him to start training for a 15k marathon, 
  • completely regrets this decision with his entire body and soul because the training for a marathon is agony, but doesn’t want to leave his friend behind so keeps working at it.
  • Plus the training helped him get fit and bigger for the summer months when he is literally always wearing swim shorts and a tank top.
  • And you know Namjoon because you are also a lifeguard at the waterpark, and you two are sometimes on the same shifts at the wave pool.
  • You two have only had a few conversations together about casual things, but you’ve always been drawn to him because he always seems so friendly and gets along with everyone at the park, but most importantly…
  • You heard him rap once and it changed your entire world.
  • Like you showed up really early one morning because you wanted to get a head start on cleaning some of the large tubes that people use to go down some of the slides on (they became gross and some even started growing stuff on them),
  • , but when you walk into the locker room to change you hear the shower on the boys side (the locker room is only divided by a ¾ wall so it is only just enough to keep you from seeing into the other gender’s locker room),
  • And you try to be as quiet as possible, but then you notice that whoever is showering is singing - - no, rapping.  And they are REALLY good at it.
  • You’re not the biggest fan of rap music, but you can’t help but be pulled into this person’s rhythm and flow because it’s so unique and his voice is just so captivating?!  It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
  • The person on the other side clearly doesn’t think that someone is also in the room because they start to get more passionate in their lyrics, so you try to change into your suit and uniform as quietly as possible, but you end up dropping your lock on the floor, 
  • The person on the other side of the divider instantly stops their rap, and honestly you are a bit disappointed, but you just carry on like nothing ever happened.
  • When you are finished changing you start cleaning the tubes like you originally intended and you catch a glimpse of Namjoon coming out of the staff locker room,
  • And you’re just like OH THAT MAKES SENSE, his voice is perfect for rapping,
  • and he notices you, but quickly ducks away.
  • You haven’t heard Namjoon rap since that incident, but it has been on your mind ever since, and you’ve even started listening to rap songs on your phone.
  • And things go back to normal, you even think that he forgets about the ordeal, but then one day you are guarding the wave pool and Namjoon is there on the other side watching his own zone when you notice that this one kid is having trouble staying above the waves and is getting pulled under,
  • , so you blow your whistle, signalling that you are about the do a rescue, and jump in to save the kid.
  • You hit the water and have no trouble swimming over to the kid, pulling him to the rescue tube and swimming back to the entrance.
  • It was a simple rescue and nothing serious happened so you let the boy go after you filed the paperwork, but it’s like a rule at the park that if someone performs a rescue, another guard has to throw a party that night.
  • So you go over to one of your colleague’s houses for your party and there are people everywhere drinking from red solo cups, and someone even brought cake (you thought that this was all a bit much considering that there are usually several rescues like this a week, but it’s all in good fun)
  • And Namjoon is there, but he’s sitting on the back porch drinking from his cup, and you don’t know how you came up with the sudden boldness to sit next to him, but you do,
  • and it’s a little awkward not going to lie, he’s wearing a black baseball cap backwards and has on a bunch of cheesy plastic necklaces with peace signs and hearts on them,
  • You ask him if someone was passing the necklaces out, but he says no, that they’re his, and that it’s weird but just kind of his thing.  So you start talking about that and he ends up taking one off and putting it around your neck.
  • “That was a really smooth rescue this morning by the way, you made it look easy,” He says, and you blush, not knowing what to say.
  • He offers you some of the drink from his cup, and you are about to refuse because you are not that into alcohol, but then he whispers that it’s just kool aid and that he always carries some packets in his pockets to parties because he can’t stand the taste of alcohol either.
  • Eventually it looks like people are starting to leave and Namjoon seems like he is about to get up and leave when you just blurt out,
  • “You’re really good at rapping by the way, I’ve never had the chance to tell you that.”
  • “You weren’t supposed to hear that,” he tries to tell you and brush it off, and you’re just like, “,but I did and you’re awesome dude,”
  • You stand up to face him, but stay quiet for a minute.
  • He just looks down as whispers, “Is it ok if like I kiss you or something, that just seems like the right thing to do to get you to stop talking about it?”
  • He DOES kiss you, and you DO go on a date that weekend, but you never stop asking him to rap for you, and he always gives in.

JIn

  • Technically is a lifeguard, but primarily works in the main office of the facility as a nurse.
  • Has a basket full of lollipops for all the kids that fall and skin their knees on the cement to make them feel better,
  • though half the time it is actually Jin who is eating them.
  • Doesn’t own a doctor’s coat because all he really has is a lifeguard’s CPR and first aid training as experience, but he does wear a large red fanny pack at all times,
  • inside he keeps all kinds of first aid supplies but it’s mostly just band aids and alcohol wipes,
  • ONLY USES BANDAIDS THAT ARE DEEMED CUTE, so like pink hello kitty and ones with Looney Tunes characters on them.
  • His uniform is similar to the other lifeguards in that he wears a plain white shirt with the facility logo on the breast along with the red swim shorts and his fanny pack.
  • Loves his job because he gets to work inside all day and enjoy the air conditioning while the other lifeguards have to sit in the sun all day and make sure that they are actively watching the pool,
  • however Jin does worry about the other lifeguards often and always asks them if they are drinking plenty of water and if they have reapplied their sunscreen because the sun is strong and dehydration is common among the guards.
  • Once when he first got the job Jin was working in his office when they made him switch with one of the other lifeguards *cough cough* Taehyung *cough cough* because they became super dehydrated and was about to pass out from heat stroke or something,
  • Anyway Jin was freaking out because he remembered everything from the training boot camps, but he was never that good at it and it felt like so long ago…
  • Nobody drowned so Jin is proud.
  • Jin has his own desk and room to himself, it’s very small and was probably at one point a closet for cleaning supplies, but he doesn’t mind because it’s quiet and there’s a long window along the wall that looks out over the pool.
  • In the “Health Center” as the sign on the door says, there is Jin’s desk and a plastic bed, the kind found in nurse’s offices at school, and a small filing cabinet filled with all the first aid supplies
  • And on the other end is a door to a small bathroom, a sink and a small mini freezer where Jin keeps all the ice packs (there are some also flavored ice pops in there too but shhh no one is supposed to know!)
  • That’s about all that can fit in there tbh.
  • When it’s a slow day, probably because not that many people are at the pool for some reason, Jin likes to take naps on the sick bed or just lay there and read a book.
  • You decide to come to the community pool every once and awhile because it’s nice and you need a change of scenery from time to time and IT’S SUMMER!  Time to find yourself so super nice looking dude to have a summer fling with…
  • - - what you don’t know - - 
  • So you just get to the pool and are finally ready after putting on all this sun block and making sure that your bikini looks perfect to get in the water,
  • , and it all happens so fast but you must have slipped on the wet pavement because you fall down and end up fainting without ever even getting into the pool.
  • You wake up a half an hour later on the sick bed in the Health Center and you’re confused?  and sore?
  • There’s a huge bruise on your hip and both your elbows are skinned,
  • And there’s Jin sitting in his desk chair, eating some ramen, and when he noticed that you’re awake he’s like Oh! thank God! and scoots over in the chair still.
  • You’re stunned into silence as he just keeps talking to you about where you are and why and just doing quick checks to make sure you don’t have a concussion, because OMG HE’S THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PERSON YOU HAVE EVER SEEN THROUGHOUT ALL YOUR YEARS ON THIS FORSAKEN PLANET
  • He introduces himself to you as Seokjin but that you can just call him Jin, and he is just so friendly and keeps talking so that it does not become awkward, and then you notice,
  • that it’s cold in the room, like really cold.
  • The air conditioner is on full blast and all of a sudden goosebumps are forming on your arms because all you’re wearing a bikini and you shiver,
  • Oh course Jin notices and without much thought into it he just stands up and TAKES HIS FRIGGEN SHIRT OFF AND HANDS IT TO YOU
  • if you didn’t have an irregular heartbeat before, you definitely do now because Jin is standing in front of you half naked, WITHOUT HIS SHIRT ON and wants you to put it on.
  • You do, and then Jin just kind of stops for a moment and realizes his actions and is surprised at himself, and that’s when it gets a little awkward.
  • “Um,,, can I uh, see your elbows uh,” Jin asks you, and you show him the scrapes.
  • He takes his time washing the dirt out of the scrapes and puts on some antibiotic ointment and two cute band aids with Mulan and Pocahontas on them.
  • Jin’s touch on your arms is so light and gentle and he’s an excellent caretaker.
  • When he’s done Jin suggests that since you fainted and you don’t have a concussion that you are free to go, but that he suggests that you stay there and rest for a bit longer, and you agree.
  • However neither of you move and you’re just kind of sitting across from each other, watching, until…
  • who made the first move is a mystery but somehow Jin’s lips are on yours and he’s pushing you to lie down on the bed, and you just make out with KIM SEOKJIN.
  • It’s crazy and you two know nothing about each other and neither oh you are the kinds of people who do this kind of thing,
  • ,but there’s a clear connection… all things considering, and his hands are in your hair while yours are on his bare chest, but then…
  • “Um… is it ok if you take your fanny pack off?”

Suga

  • Works at a recreation center and used to assist with swimming lessons, but that didn’t last long because he couldn’t figure out a way to keep the kids in line without scaring them, so eventually he just became a full time lifeguard.
  • Has no tolerance for any horseplay because he once had to rescue this young boy from drowning after his friend once knocked him into the pool wall and he hurt his head
  • Yoongi was able to pull the boy from the water, but his head was really bloody and he had to perform CPR and he had to do all of this with the parents over his shoulder crying, and it was just a lot for him to handle
  • The boy made it and is fine, but it was Yoongi’s first rescue and scared him half to death because they kid nearly died.
  • Blows his whistle often and sometimes proceeds to yell at the offender.
  • Is known as the ‘scary lifeguard’ because of his no nonsense attitude, so most of the time people just tend to stay away from his zones.
  • Rotates on shifts for the indoor and outdoor pools, but sometimes they have him just work the main desk or have him scrub the locker rooms clean, which sucks but a job is a job.
  • Became a lifeguard because he was one the swimming team all through his schooling years and won many awards for breaking records in the butterfly, which is his signature stroke (get what I did there haha),
  • anyway since he is such a strong swimmer his coach practically begged him to get his certification so that he could coach, and he did get the certification, but he has no desire to coach,
  • in fact he has little desire to swim either, that the swim team was just to add onto his college apps, but having a paying job is another thing and lifeguard seemed good as any.
  • His real passion is rapping, and he’s good, like really good, and he could probably go off and join some company label somewhere but he needs to stay home and take care of his family, so he doesn’t really mind all that much.
  • WILL WEAR SUNGLASSES INSIDE BE WARNED
  • He tends to show up a little late to work sometimes, and the boss has gotten so angry that they have gotten really close to firing him, but there’s just something about him that makes them keep him around.
  • So you’re an EMT and one day you are just driving around the town in your ambulance with your partner waiting to get a call when suddenly you get one for a drowning victim at the rec center, so you head off.
  • And you rush into the rec center heading towards the indoor pool area because that is where the man who meets you at the front doors says the emergency is and he leads you there…
  • You and your partner run down the stairs to the pool deck and you rush over to the crowd of people surrounding the victim while try your best at not slipping on the wet tiles,
  • and there’s Yoongi performing CPR on the victim… and he’s crying, tears rushing down his cheeks and he’s whispering something that you can’t really hear
  • He’s doing what he’s been trained to do perfectly and his rhythm is better than yours (probs because of his secret talent for rapping) and
  • you almost feel like interrupting would disrupt a kind of intimacy that was created there, but it’s your job and a young boy is dying so you rush over next to the lifeguard,
  • and you can now hear that he’s whispering, “No, not again,” over and over again. 
  • But you signal to him that you and your partner can take over and he backs up immediately and practically falls onto his back panting heavily,
  • did I mention that Yoongi isn’t wearing a shirt?, I feel like that’s an important detail, he jumped into the water with it on, but he took it off once he pulled the boy onto the pool deck because it was heavy and wet.
  • When you have finally worked to get the boy into stable condition, you prepare to load him up into the ambulance and you shout out, “Are any of you this boy’s parents?”
  • “No he just comes here to swim after school sometimes,” this bare chested, hella attractive lifeguard tells you, and you’re like oh, well someone needs to come to the hospital with him cause he’s still a minor…
  • And Yoongi immediately volunteers to go because there are other lifeguards on duty, but after this incident the pool will probably close for the rest of the day,
  • , and that is how you end up sitting next to Min Yoongi in the back of an ambulance, who is still not wearing a shirt might I add.
  • When you get to the hospital you hand the boy over to the doctors, and Yoongi thanks you for all your help.
  • He takes your hand in both of his and kisses it, kind of formally with a bow and then runs through the automatic hospital doors and doesn’t look back.
  • Now this young lifeguard is a complete stranger to you, but for some reason you can’t get him off your mind and every time you think of him your face blushes and the spot where he kissed your hand starts to tingle.
  • and it is by complete coincidence that you run into each other again.
  • You are at the DMV waiting on the hopelessly long line to get your new license plates when you see the familiar stranger walk in.
  • He sees you and smiles, once he gets his place in line he sits down right beside you, and you don’t know this but you’ve been on his mind too.
  • “The boy’s ok.” He tells you, and you hug him upon hearing the news, “That’s incredible, it’s all because of you, most guards wouldn’t have been able to keep someone alive that long before we show up, but you held that rhythm for what must have felt like forever,”
  • And he blushes, MIN YOONGI BLUSHES AND SMILES
  • “Is it that much of a surprise if I ask you to go get coffee with me later?”

J-Hope

  • The pool he works at is at a sleepaway camp, and it’s small, only needs one lifeguard.
  • All the kids love him because he brings them new pool toys like the colorful noodles and wind up fish
  • AND I mean come on his smile just brightens everyone’s day, and his attitude is infectious,
  • like though watching over the pool is technically his only responsibility he goes out of his way to teach the campers about the water and often sits in on different classes like arts and crafts or archery.
  • Doesn’t really mind when the children get a little crazy with the splashing and screaming because they’re just kids and they just want to have fun and really no one is getting hurt so what’s the harm?
  • That is until it gets a little out of control and he can’t see everyone which is when it becomes a safety hazard, so he’ll blow his whistle.
  • His wrists are covered in lanyard bracelets that the campers made for him during arts and crafts, and he always tries to make them back for everyone who gave him one, but he is not that good at them and there are just too many kids.
  • doesn’t own any standard lifeguarding swim shorts, instead he just wears his normal swim trunks and a tie dye shirt
  • stereotypical lifeguard who puts sunscreen on their nose and wears sunglasses
  • Every morning has to wake up a little early to clean the pool and pick out all of the bugs and frogs that flown in during the night.
  • Hoseok is essentially the only person taking care of the pool so he feels like he needs to take extra special care of it because it’s practically his,
  • though in reality it’s a hunk of junk, the cleaning and filtration systems are constantly failing and most of the pipes are covered in cobwebs.
  • to put it simply the pool is disgusting, but the campers don’t mind and neither does Hoseok because it’s 100 degrees (F) and there is no air conditioning.
  • Sometimes when the pool gets especially gross and green he lifeguards the lake waterfront so that the campers can still get a way to cool themselves off and have fun.
  • Has a class once a week where he takes some of the campers out onto the lake in kayaks and canoes and for a few hours they just explore the lake
  • And you are just one of the many counselors at the camp in awe of how Hoseok just is always so awesome with like everything,
  • the kids love him without even trying, he always stays cool under stress, he is a genuinely kind person who is looking out for others, AND the most frustrating, when he sweats he doesn’t get all gross and smelly like everyone else, he almost seems to be… glowing?
  • and of course you are friendly with Hoseok because you always stand by his chair when you take your group of kids to the pool and he is quite a talker
  • He also has shown up to a few of the staff parties, the ones that happen once the kids are asleep, and hung out with the counselors and staff,
  • And today is just like any other day in that after the pool the kids will dry up and head to the dining hall for lunch and then hammock area for siesta,
  • , and the kids are being a bit loud and it’s getting a little past the point when Hoseok usually signals that it’s enough with his whistle when one of the campers runs up to you asking where another camper is
  • and you are like “it’s ok I’m sure they are just in the bathroom, we’ll find them.” but you don’t remember being asked for someone to leave and all of a sudden you’re freaking out because WHERE ARE THEY OMG,
  • Hoseok notices that something is wrong by the look you give him and immediately starts scanning the pool
  • He blows his whistle and calls for the kids to have a buddy check, but then as the campers are exiting the pool you two spot the missing camper struggling in the water and whimpering that they don’t think they’ll make it to the edge.
  • RESCUER MODE ON!  Hoseok jumps into the pool with his shirt and sandals still on, and you’re pretty sure his phone was still in his pocket as well, but you don’t care because your camper is in trouble!
  • Of course Hoseok reaches the troubled swimmer and pulls them to the shallow side of the pool and to the wall where he helps them out.  They are coughing up a bunch of water, but is unharmed
  • And you are right at your camper’s side, but don’t really know what to do and then there’s Hoseok just comforting the child and his hair is all wet and sticking to his forehead and you never really considered just how ATTRACTIVE he is, like goddamn.
  • but you try and ignore those thoughts because your camper needs you right now, but at the same time Hoseok is just thinking about how he always thought you were pretty and motherly, but now as you are comforting the kid it’s dawning on him how he definitely has a crush on you.
  • After everything is under control and the camper is breathing fine again you start barking orders for everyone to grab their stuff because you are already late for lunch
  • As you are about to walk out of the pool gate you turn around to Hoseok to thank him and you two just kind of collide…
  • lips and all.  You bumped your upper lip into his really hard, but somehow that doesn’t matter because he is kissing you and omg HOSEOK IS KISSING YOU and he’s really good at it.
  • “We definitely need to do that again.” he says and you agree, you agree so embarrassingly fast.

Jimin

  • Works at a really nice beach with Jungkook as a lifeguard, and spends most of his days walking up and down the beach front looking for seashells.
  • If you don’t know him it may seem odd to see a lifeguard pacing the shoreline for hours on end, with his head down looking at the ground, like aren’t they supposed to be watching to make sure everyone is safe?
  • And yes of course, but Jimin is really good at watching the water while he looks for shells and can still spot an emergency and react fast enough that the boss doesn’t really mind if he is just looking for more shells to add to his collection or whatever he does with them.
  • Jimin wears a first aid pack on his waist, but in reality he just uses it for the most part to store all the cool shells he finds in,
  • Everyday he comes home and empties his pack of shells and sorts through them again, making sure that he only grabbed the good ones and throws away the chipped or broken pieces.
  • And then the next morning he starts off the day again with an empty pack to find more, and it’s just a calming activity of his.
  • Sometimes he just gives the seashells he collects to the young children at the beach trying to get them to behave for their parents.
  • Jimin also really enjoys boogie boarding and keeps a few boards in the back of Jungkook’s pickup truck, so that he can get in the water and ride during his breaks.
  • Speaking of Jungkook’s pickup, Jungkook gives Jimin rides to work every morning and they always fight over what is playing on the stereo because Jungkook always wants to listen to alternative music but Jimin has softer tastes,
  • he likes some jazz and slow rock, but Jungkook always wins so Jimin gives in and always ends up jamming to the music anyways because he secretly actually knows all the words too.
  • The worst thing about working at the beach in Jimin’s opinion is all the seagulls… he hates seagulls, they freak him out with their squawks and he thought he once saw once steal his packed lunch, but then again that could have also been Jungkook. 
  • Jimin took on yoga as a hobby at some point and sometimes when the sun is rising, does yoga on the beach before his shift starts,
  • He has an extra mat for Jungkook, but he always refuses and Jungkook just watches his best friend while he sits in the sand.
  • LOVES, absolutely loves the feeling of sand between his toes, so he almost always walks around the beach barefoot, which was tough at first because the sand got so hot in the afternoon, but after time he just got used to it and it doesn’t bother him anymore.
  • The cutest thing about lifeguard Jimin is that while he walks around the beach looking for seashells he holds his rescue tube across his chest and under his armpits.
  • One day while walking up and down the beach looking for shells on his lunch break as he’s eating his sandwich,
  • he ends up walking much further than usual, and without noticing it ends up on the part of the beach that is privately owned by the several beach houses on the shore.
  • He knows that he should go back because his break will be up soon, but he’s never been to this area of the beach before, so there are so many beautiful shells that he has yet to have collected.
  • And all he’s doing is collecting seashells, but for some reason your dog absolutely can’t stand that there is a stranger on the property and just won’t shut up barking at Jimin through the window.
  • You are in your bedroom trying to study, but your dog’s barking is driving you nuts and you just can’t focus,
  • so, you go out (more like storm out) of your room to try and quiet your dog, but then as you are pulling them back off of the window you see this boy on your beach picking something up,
  • Now you are not the kind of person who really cares if someone from the public beach stumbles along and ends up on your property, as long as they just don’t set up their umbrella and chairs there, but you really need to study and your dog just won’t stay quiet.
  • You walk out onto your back porch, and the swing of the door shut is enough to get the boy’s attention, so he looks up, and you’re just…
  • it’s his face it’s so angelic and pretty and soft looking, and he waves at you and the muscles in his arms are flexing and he just looks so goddamn strong?
  • you’ve never seen anyone look like him before and you want to run back inside to disappear because compared to him you feel like an ogre with your band t shirt and pajama shorts, last night’s make up face and messy hair, and your prickly legs (in your defense you shaved two days ago, but it seemed to have started to grow back)
  • “Oh uh hi sorry if I was bothering you.  I was just looking for shells, but I’ll leave.” ugh even his voice is pretty.  You notice then that he is wearing a lifeguard’s swim shorts and tank, so he must work down the road.
  • And you just say that your dog was being annoying while you were trying to study for this really important test that you have to take in order to earn an extra credit over the summer, and he’s just like,
  • “Sorry, no problem, I totally get it.  I probably should go before Jungkook starts making a scene anyway.” 
  • , and you don’t know who Jungkook is, but you nod anyway, and go back inside because he’s walking away.
  • And tbh you basically forget all about your encounter with Jimin, but then one night your friends actually are able to convince you to go to a bonfire party on the beach about ten minutes down the road, and like he’s there,
  • Jimin is at the party and he is talking to another boy around his age, maybe a year or so younger, but the other boy is leaving the party just as you are getting there, so Jimin is left alone.
  • You freak out a little bit because you want to talk to him, but you just don’t know what to say,
  • When you control over yourself you just get in line for some of the drinks that will hopefully give you enough courage to talk to the handsome lifeguard.
  • It works much better than you anticipated and you march over confidently to the boy starting a conversation, all while pretending that your little encounter never happened.
  • And you learn his name is Jimin, and he is actually so charming and you are having a really good conversation when all of a sudden, someone starts screaming something about skinny dipping,
  • and while you may have thought that Jimin was not the skinny dipping type, he starts taking off his clothes just like everyone else, and you are not one to hold back, especially now that you have so much alcohol in your system.
  • Just like that everyone is running naked into the ocean, and the water is so cold on your bare skin, but it’s such a liberating feeling.
  • Later that night you end up being walked back to your house with the help of some of your friends and you fall asleep with a smile on your face because Jimin was so much more charming than you ever thought he could be, and also, you know…
  • YOU GOT TO SEE JIMIN NAKED SO PLUS PLUS!
  • The next morning you wake up with a massive headache to a series of knocks on your front door.  You trudge to the front door not really caring who sees you looking like such a mess because you feel so awful, 
  • , but there he is again.  Jimin is at your door and he brought you gifts,
  • “First is pills for your hangover because you sure as hell have one after last night,” he says, and then after you take them with a glass of water he cutely reaches around his back and pulls out a beautiful seashell necklace.
  • And it’s not like one of those tacky looking ones, this one is so beautiful and when he tells you that he made it himself you don’t believe it because it looks professionally made…
  • turns out that Jimin makes a lot of the shells he collects into jewelry and sells it,
  • You accept his gift, and maybe it’s the pills, or maybe you’re just crazy, but Jimin is standing in your living room and all you can look at is his lips, and he’s doing the same to yours.
  • *kiss*

V

  • Works at the community pool during the summers and absolutely loves watching all the kids splashing around in the water all day having a ball.
  • Became a lifeguard because he didn’t want an overly serious summer job and is a relatively strong swimmer, so he took a lifeguard training course,
  • he then learnt that it IS in fact a very serious job, but also that it has a lot of perks like getting paid for sitting in a chair all day and he gets discounts on swimwear at stores so it’s like a win-win.
  • Spends his shift in the lifeguard chair in front of the water slide and is in charge of monitoring when it is safe for the next person to go down.
  • Sometimes he ends up watching the children’s water jungle gym area and gets to actually play with the kids, splashing in the water with them…
  • and then gets scolded by the other guards because he is supposed to making sure everyone is staying safe, not playing with them!
  • Likes to eat ice cream when he’s sitting on the lifeguard stand and it gets all over him and his fingers are usually sticky until he cleans himself off in the water.
  • Still, he has ice cream stains all over his white lifeguard shirt and swim shorts.
  • wears socks and flip flops, he’s THAT person,
  • Has this awesome pair of red cat-framed sunglasses that he found in some old box somewhere of his parent’s old stuff and wears them all the time
  • Never blows his whistle… though when he first got the job it was his favorite thing to do until he realized it frightened some of the kids
  • On the weekends Tae teaches swimming lessons to all the kids and people who don’t know how to swim or are looking to improve themselves,
  • and frankly he makes significantly more money during these lessons than just lifeguarding, but he never has considered dropping one for the other because yes swimming is important, but being a good swimmer isn’t always going to keep you safe in the water
  • during his breaks he likes to jump into the kiddie pool and just lay in the shallow water and think, that is until one of the kids splash him and an all out splashing war erupts.
  • And you like to come to the pool with the young boy you babysit because it’s a nice change from the park and you can sit back and relax and listen to music while tanning in the sun while he swims with his friends
  • But this time as you are settling into your lounge chair with your earbuds in and a magazine, you find yourself paying less attention to the boy and you end up falling asleep.
  • You wake up what is probably hours later and you have a minor heart attack because you don’t know where the boy you babysit is and he isn’t where you last saw him.
  • You go to look for him but you are covered in a horrific sunburn all the way from your chest and neck to your knees and it burns so bad, but finding the boy is so much more important.
  • Running around the pool you are searching for the boy when you decide to look by the small food court to see if he is there, and when he isn’t you look around for a lifeguard to help you
  • Originally you didn’t want to make a scene by getting a lifeguard involved, but it’s gotten desperate.
  • And there’s Tae, clearly on break since he’s eating french fries at one of the picnic tables, but you don’t notice because you’re frantic, and you’re just explaining the situation to this ridiculous looking lifeguard with cat-framed sunglasses and hair in his face with socks and sandals on,
  • , but he’s listening to you and then reassuring you that this happens all the time, that he couldn’t have left the property
  • AND THEN… he takes off his sunglasses and you’re taken aback because he’s, beautiful, like so unbelievably pretty, and here you are with make up probably running down your face with a gross sunburn down your entire front, and you’re suddenly self conscious
  • Tae being Tae takes your hand when you are searching for the boy both because he’s childish and doesn’t understand the implications that may have, but he also wants to comfort you as you were clearly distressed.
  • He takes you to the loudspeaker where you make an announcement about the missing boy, and within minutes someone found him and brought him into the pool office,
  • You’re so grateful towards Tae, and when you ask how you can possibly repay him, he stays quiet and shrugs, that it wasn’t that big of a deal, that it is just part of the job, but it means so much more to you than that.
  • “How about ice cream then?” you ask him, and the smile on his face, like the sun, the sun, but then he’s like “Isn’t that kind of like a date then?”
  • and you’re kind of shocked because that wasn’t what you meant, but I mean you wouldn’t mind…
  • but Tae is then like, “Don’t worry, I want to go on a date with you,” so you three end up going to get ice cream after his shift is up, and he is so full of surprises and you can’t help but tell him that you should do it again sometime,
  • He agrees and on your next date (this time without the kid) he brings you some Aloe Vera for your sunburn and it’s so thoughtful, but it’s still kind of embarrassing because you were hoping that he wouldn’t have noticed, but then again how could he have not.

Jungkook

  • Works at the beach with Jimin, and thinks that being a lifeguard is super cool and edgy because he is saving people’s lives and gets to be on the beach all day
  • totally has a hero complex in that he puts up this arrogant facade whenever he is working, but in reality has a shelf in his bedroom dedicated to his favorite action figures.
  • Owns a shark tooth necklace and always wears it because he thinks it makes him look super cool and tough, especially when he is not wearing a shirt…
  • SPEAKING OF WHICH, whereas most of the guards wear a t shirt or a tank top, Jungkook never wears a shirt on duty
  • Never, and all the girls at the beach know him as this super hot and charismatic lifeguard, so he gets invited to all these beach parties by the people who live in the beach houses and have their own private beaches,
  • , but he rarely shows up to them and people think it’s because he was probably invited to a million other parties and just couldn’t make it… which is probably true that he was invited to others
  • but the real reason why he rarely shows up is because his mom has him on a strict curfew and he never really has the guts to sneak out of his window.
  • Owns this super old pickup truck that he drives everywhere, at some point it was probably blue but now it is so covered in rust and is so old that the blue looks like a dark gray,
  • the seats are this orangey yellow color and he never cleans it so the seats are always covered in crumbs and… his t shirt on the passenger seat.  There’s also a ton of energy drinks in the back of the truck in the tool kit.
  • Drives Jimin to work everyday and they always listen to Linkin Park cds and other alt bands in the truck
  • So he thinks that being a lifeguard at the beach is so cool and stuff, but then he actually had to jump in and save this girl once because she wasn’t a strong swimmer and the tide went out before she could get back to land
  • Since she was so far out in the sound it took Jungkook a while to reach her and carry her back to the beach, she had to be hospitalized because she was under the surface for so long,
  • , and Jungkook had never gotten nightmares before he saw this girl’s life nearly end right before his eyes, and reality hit him like a mother–
  • So for a while Jungkook got super serious about his job and it started to stress him out because it was a lot to hear about this responsibility he has, but experiencing it is a whole other animal, 
  • but then he meets you.
  • You frequent the beach often because you are a surfer and this beach has the biggest and best surfing waves,
  • and you talk to Jungkook sometimes when he is up in his lifeguard stand and not going to lie you two are massive flirts.
  • But that’s all it is, in reality Jungkook is barely even a friend, and his whole “lookin tough” vibe isn’t really your thing, but as you two get a little closer he opens up more and you see another side to him than just this beach hunk.
  • Anyway, so one day you are getting your board ready to out surfing like usual, but you get a weather alert on your phone, but you don’t really think much of it.
  • So you go out into the sound and the water is a little stronger today, but nothing really concerning,
  • and you see this wave start to build up really nicely nearby, so you obviously don’t think twice about catching it,
  • , but then when you first start riding it the wave grows considerably and soon you’re on this massive strong wave and you are losing control over your board because the wind is picking up.
  • After trying hard to stay on you give up and try to wipe out in a clean way so that you can keep going, but when you do the current sweeps you in and you can’t surface no matter what you do.
  • And while you are a very strong swimmer and even have your lifeguard certification, the water is stronger and it’s pulling you down and the more you struggle the weaker you become 
  • Back on the beach Jungkook sees you go down and doesn’t think much of it but keeps an eye out to see you resurface, but then you just don’t?
  • And he gets a little worried and stands up in his chair to get a better view because sometimes when you resurface you are far away from where you went in, but you’re nowhere in sight.
  • Jungkook blows his whistle and runs into the water with his rescue tube and swims faster than he has ever swam in his life because, while that girl was a stranger and he kind of knows you now and he can’t bear letting you suffer a similar fate,
  • mostly because you are super pretty and have nice eyes and legs and like talking to him and are flirtatious… basically he likes you… a lot.
  • He dives down to where you are sinking and pulls you up and into a calmer zone where your feet can touch the ground.
  • By then you have caught your breath and are holding onto the rescue tube for dear life, but since you are finally in a safe area Jungkook stops and turns to look at you, and
  • , and he has this look on his face, worry and relief and something else
  • “I’m fine,” you say to him, but then he grabs the side of your face and pulls himself to you, and his face is just there,
  • so close to yours and you lick your lips because his are centimeters away and you know what’s coming next,
  • “I’m not fine, you scared me to death.” and he kisses you.
  • He kisses you in the water for such a long time that you lose your breath all again, but this time it’s nice.
  • You two end up dating not long after that, and Jungkook convinces you to get a job at the beach so that you can be lifeguards together, and you end up agreeing
  • because not only do you want to spend more time with your gorgeous boyfriend, but Jungkook is also never going to stop getting dirty looks from all those other beach girls and you have to defend what’s yours.
  • the pay is also really good so…
  • You sit in between Jungkook and Jimin in the truck on the way to work every morning and on the way home every evening and jam with them to Linkin Park and eat energy drinks with the boys.

I really really hope that everyone who reads this enjoys it, I worked really hard on it.  I’d love feedback, and if anyone has any other requests feel free to send them in!

<><> do not edit/remove anything from the original post <><> this AU belongs to me <><> 

The Bus Accident

@sadghostfish asked:
I have a new headcanon, if you’d like to hear it. hc: chowder is great in crises/emergencies well once he gets past the initial panic of the situation. Like He is the person you want there during an emergency. How the team or specific characters find this out is totally up to you. (Feel free to ignore this I just wanted to share this with someone)

THE BUS ACCIDENT

•So our sweet baby son chowder maybe a cute little ball of goalie sunshine, but Christopher Chow handles his business.
•he knows first aid, cpr, the heimlick, etc.
•his friend almost died in a tragic car accident when chowder was little, and if it weren’t for the EMTs quick action his friend wouldn’t be here today
•Chowder was inspired and 13 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and a shit ton of certification classes later chowder is capable of saving everyone’s life
•But no one knows this until on the way back from an away game one night
•the bus driver falls asleep and crashes into a tree. There’s glass, LOTS of glass. Cuts bruises a little blood. Nothing Chowder can’t handle.
•So our son gets to work, using the tweezers, anti bacterial spray, and band aids out the buses first aid kit to patch up the bros cut by glass, gives the frogs mini ice packs for the bruises.
•He puts r&h on clean duty to try and sweep out all the shattered glass so no one gets hurt for a second time, and orders bitty to call the police and report the accident.
•Chowders calm demeanor and swift instructions kept everyone even the coaches from panicking.
•And now every time something slightly life threatening happens in the haus they call Chowder for help because he always knows what to do in time of a kinda crisis. He’s the most useful at kegsters. He keeps hundreds of college students from getting alcohol poisoning (he patrols more than parties tbh)
•And now the new frogs call Chowder Doc Chow just to make him smile

The Integrity of Medical School

I’ve been in medical school for a little over a semester and I have become very disillusioned with medical school as an institution. I’m glad I’m in medical school and I know how lucky I am to be in medical school, however, I’m struggling with the ethics of medical school as an institution.

It took me six years to get into medical school. In that time I got a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree, I worked full-time and volunteered nearly 20 hours a week. I took the MCAT and went on interviews and paid for my applications. In that time, I also probably spent well over 30 thousand dollars trying to get into medical school, not including the student loans I had to take out to pay for my pre-med and graduate classes. The cost of my applications, alone, was 5 thousand dollars. And that was the second time I applied. The cost of my interviews were also easily 5 thousand dollars as well. 

When I got into medical school I was excited to become a doctor. I was proud of myself and felt vindicated that all of my hard work paid off. I was ready to start learning how to be a doctor. My first semester was absolutely miserable. The morale of my class was extremely low. We go to a school that heavily emphasizes wellness but a slew of new changes based on feedback from students ahead of us created a schedule that was unsustainable and didn’t leave time for any self-care practice or wellness at all. The idea of wellness became a running inside joke in our class where people would proudly state that they participated in self-care by taking a shower for the first time in two days or by sleeping in past 7am on a Saturday.

But we got through that first semester, propelled by second year students telling us that it would be all downhill after that and that once we started organ systems second semester, we’d be so much happier and have so much time to take care of ourselves and study (because our schedule was so jam-packed that it left very little time to study and our attendance in class is required). We had third year medical students telling us how they would rather repeat their entire third year of medical school and all the crazy rotations that go with it than repeat their first semester. And so we took all of our finals and set off for winter break looking forward to next semester.

Our second semester started a little over three weeks ago. News that we lost six of our classmates spread through the class. They chose to leave or weren’t allowed to come back by the administration. It was an elephant in the room that none of us can talk about because of privacy rules. Still, morale is higher when we start up our organs systems classes.

And that is when I realized what a money scam medical school is. I am required to go to class if I want my class rank to be high not because our classes actually teach us information but because your grade is connected to your attendance, so poor attendance = a poor grade = a lower class rank. I sit in class for up to 9 hours a day and have clinicians read powerpoint slides word-for-word to me, none of which are interesting or helpful to my actual learning and all of which I could have read to myself at home. I am told by our academic administrators to buy resources like First Aid to study for Step 1, they bought us a Q bank but we have to pay for everything else. $900 later, I have subscriptions to Pathoma, RX, Sketchy, and Firecracker. I wanted to buy a set of clinical case books recommended to us but the price on Amazon was $653. By the time I take Step 1 I will have taken out 150 THOUSAND dollars in student loans ON TOP OF the student loans I already have from two bachelor degrees and a master’s degree. 

I will need to pay the fees for the Step exams on my own. I am expected to join various professional societies and pay their yearly fees because it will make my residency application look better even though joining those professional societies has no impact on what kind of physician I will be, how much I care about others, or my Step 1 score. And, of course, those professional societies are so generous and give you a discount because you’re a medical student, so instead of paying $500 you’re asked to only pay $150. But isn’t it worth it to add some fake prestige to your residency application by saying you went to the AMA conference one year? The AMA that endorsed Tom Price for HHS secretary? The AMA that endorsed someone who wants to remove the ACA and condemn 43,000 additional people to death due to lack of insurance every year. Sign me the fuck up, right?

I am disgusted with the cost of medical school. I knew it would be expensive but I feel it is unethical to ask students to spend so much money applying to medical school and taking the MCAT and then asking them to pay EVEN MORE. Especially when there was so much hand-wringing from the AAMC and NBME about how to make medical school more affordable and how to increase the diversity among students and increase the number of first generation physicians (since studies show that children of doctors tend to be worse doctors than their first generation peers). I have an idea:

Get rid of the first two years of medical school. Make Step 1 the admissions exam for students. Get rid of application fees and the MCAT altogether. Start students up in January, give them a ten week course in gross anatomy, followed by a two week intensive clinical skills course and a first aid/CPR certification, and start them up on wards in April, a full 2 to 3 months earlier than most schools. This gives students 5 to 6 months to explore specialties after their required rotations instead of 2 to 3 which aren’t even really used for students to explore since those are the rotations they need to do in order to get the letters of rec they need for their residency applications (may be the lack of time to explore specialty options is why 60-90% of physicians hate their fucking jobs). 

And then, of course, you have to spend thousands of dollars on your residency applications and travel for interviews, which are not factored in to your student loan awards. 

This will never happen, though, because the AAMC makes billions of dollars in application fees, MCAT fees, and official test prep materials. The NBME makes billions of dollars off the backs of students paying for their exams and the LCME makes just as much. None of the organizations that could change the system have the incentive to do so because they are too busy milking medical students for all the money they have.

I know it sounds like I’m too money focused. The truth is, I’m not. I gave up hope of ever paying off my student loans years ago. I will never pay them back and I didn’t want to be a doctor because of the salary. My disillusionment with medical school as an institution is due to the ethics of it all. When I was applying to medical school there was a huge push to improve medical class diversity and encourage more minority and lower class students to apply. You can get fee waivers and financial assistance to cover the cost of your MCAT fees. But that doesn’t go far enough. Those application fee waivers don’t make booking flights for interviews any cheaper, they don’t lower the cost of having to rent a car or buy a suit for an interview. 

How can we expect students living in poverty to drop 5 grand on interview costs just to get in to medical school? How can we expect students living in underserved communities to afford the cost of Step 2 and the price of travel to and from the 6 locations in the country you can take it? Underserved communities NEED students who understand what living in those communities is like to go back and be their doctors. And, yes, there are scholarships and small-scale help, but I’m arguing that the entire system, right now, is designed to keep students who can’t afford to pay for medical school admittance out. Is a student whose family is on food stamps really going to have $150 to pay for the MCAT? No. 

I look around at the people in my class, which to my school’s credit is exceedingly diverse in race and religious background, however almost everyone in my class comes from a family that was middle class or above. Half of my classmates have parents who can afford to pay for their tuition and living expenses. I am part of the other class that has to take out loans. But when I was applying to medical school and there was a mix up with my teaching assistant stipend that lead to it being delayed, my dad was able to loan me the $2500 I needed to submit my AMCAS application on time. If I had not had a full-time job as a graduate student, though, I would not have been able to afford the cost of interviewing, and a third of the interviews I went on were local. 

In class, we are asked to think about treatment plans for patients and discuss them with each other. The girl sitting next to me says she thinks this ethics class is a waste of our time. The patient is an overweight child who we need to counsel, she lives in a run down part of a large city. We work together on her treatment plan and my partner comes up with a list of groceries to buy. I point out that the patient in question is a minor and likely not in charge of her food and that the education needs to be directed towards the parent and the patient. I also point out that due to the income level of the area they live in, the patient’s mother is likely relying on food stamps. I go over the grocery list and not a single thing is realistic. I point out that food stamps cannot be used to buy milk. My partner is shocked, her eyes widen; when I tell her how food stamps in my state can’t be used to buy rice, her entire world is turned upside down. I voice this in class when we are invited to share. A male classmate who is openly gay and voted for Trump comes up to me and asks me to explain why food stamps can’t be used to buy milk. I do and he doesn’t know what to say.

I look at my classmates who do not understand what poverty looks like in reality and I think about the people I know in rural towns who blew their entire savings trying to get into medical school only to be told when they didn’t get in that they needed to go take the MCAT again because the 29 they got wasn’t good enough, they needed a 30. The people suggesting this to my friend recommend taking an MCAT course not realizing the closest one would be two hours away and that the nearly 3 grand the course costs makes that impossible, not to mention the cost of taking the test again. It doesn’t matter, though, because she wouldn’t be able to afford all of the resources for Step 1 let alone the cost of THAT exam once she got into medical school. She works as a CNA in a nursing home.

How can we put such a financial burden on students applying to medical school? How can we ask medical students to pay so much money for residency applications, licensing exams, and tuition? How can we do that and then ask them to enter a profession that requires them to get permission from insurance providers and hospital administrators to order a damn chest CT? How can we ask them to pay so much money and then ignore the fact that there aren’t enough residency spots available for all of them to train in? How can we ask pre-med and medical students to pay so much money when the health care system is in shambles and the only people making money are hospital CEOs and insurance companies? How can we expect medical students to pay back their massive student loans in a system like that? Why are institutions like the AAMC so comfortable setting so many medical students up for failure?

Because my school emphasizes wellness, we have mandatory wellness classes we have to attend. Because, in medical school, giving students time to practice self-care isn’t as important as requiring them to attend a four hour class telling them they need to practice self-care and get lots of sleep, all while requiring them to be at school by 8am and making us sit in class until 5pm, giving us five hours of the day to study before we do it all again. And, of course, in those five hours of study time we also need to fit in time to exercise, feed ourselves, and maybe speak with our loved ones for five minutes to make sure they are still alive. Because self-care!

I wouldn’t say I’m jaded about medical school this early on but I am questioning why this system is in place. Why pay for two years of medical school when everyone just uses First Aid and Step resources to get a good score? I think medicine, as an institution, is really stuck in this idea of “well, I had to do it so you do, too” which I think is a really dangerous way of thinking. I think if medical students have extremely high rates of depression and anxiety (myself included, however mine was with me long before medical school) and it just gets worse through residency and becoming an attending there’s something wrong with the system. And if something isn’t working, why shouldn’t it be fixed? “Because I went through it and you should, too” isn’t a good enough answer for me. It’s also not accurate, right? The doctors who are saying that bullshit excuse went to medical school in a different time, where they could actually make decisions about patient care without having to call an insurance company for permission first. They went through medical school when it was actually affordable. They went through medical school when the idea of a woman being a doctor was either not allowed, unheard of, or looked down on, because who would take care of their kids at home while they went through residency if their wife was in medical school? 

So, yeah, they went through medical school and worked all of these hours and paid for medical school but the context was different, so I still want to know why such an archaic system that is already financially unattainable for people we NEED to be doctors and is quickly becoming financially unattainable for anyone who doesn’t have a trust fund is allowed to exist. I want to know why a 60-90% dissatisfaction rate is considered acceptable among physicians without any examination of the system that makes them into physicians.

elsathecow  asked:

I found this on the OTP blog and thought it'd be awesome for BBRae +Cyborg: Imagine your OTP being left to watch over a passed out Person C. One thing leads to another while the two are talking and they end up making out. Person C wakes up and suddenly it gets awkward. (ps you're an amazing writer and I've been LOVING your fills thus far!)

LAST BUT NOT LEAST :D It got a bit long, so follow the cut!


“Why do we have to learn this stuff, anyways?” Beast Boy groaned aloud, rocking on the floor while he clutched at his ankles.

Raven flipped through the magazine she’d found, very much disinterested in all of its contents.

“Because,” she began in her typical monotone range, “in case of an emergency, we have to be able to perform CPR and first aid, Gar.” 

He paused, giving her his trademark look of puzzlement. “But can’t you just do your healing magic thing?” Beast Boy waved his arms around as if to mimic the way her powers worked.

The empath stared up at him from the edge of the magazine, her amethyst eyes cold and measuring. “I’m not a doctor. I can’t heal everything, and my powers are limited, not to mention, draining.”

“Oh, yeah. You fainted that one time after you fixed my leg when it was hanging on by a thread to the rest of my body.” 

Raven shuddered at the memory. “Yeah, and I’m pretty sure most people who aren’t trained professionals would have. There was so much…blood.” 

Thinking about the way Beast Boy’s leg had nearly been torn clean off gave the demoness the cold sweats all over again. 

Beast Boy only grinned, his fangs gleaming in the light of the room. He leaned in towards her and waggled his brows in her direction. “Admit it; you were worried sick about me, Rae.” 

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"Dry" drowning does not exist

Stop sharing that dry drowning post! Drowning is drowning. As a lifeguard, I urge y'all to stop sharing it. Dry drowning is a misleading term that refers to complications FOLLOWING a drowning. Anyone who experiences “dry” drowning had already drowned hours earlier, and had late onset complications.

A lot of parents make these long posts absolving all blame from themselves because they don’t know (or don’t want to know) that consistent vigilance and knowledge of what drowning really looks like would have likely saved their children from these complications in the first place.

Educate yourself on what drowning looks like. Do not fear monger, and please please please look into these things before blindly sharing them. CPR, first aid and lifeguarding standards are constantly changing, and often information and terminology used a few years ago is no longer medically accurate.

anonymous asked:

UT, UF, US, and SF seeing S/O fall and break their leg? An open fracture, where the bone pierces through the skin and they're bleeding? Please and thank you!

Good question! I’m actually CPR and first-aid trained since I work on a pool deck with lifeguards and children. With an open fracture you’ll wrap a towel around the bone making sure nothing is touching the bone while distracting the guest by asking them the SAMPLE questions and calling for an ambulance.

Undertale:

Sans: He’s going to freeze. His face turns paler (if that’s even possible). He’s going to call for help while trying to distract you with jokes (which are poorly delivered since he can’t really focus).

Papyrus: If skeletons can throw up, he’s going to throw up. He’s shocked and worried and is going to totally freak out. He wants to run and get help but he also doesn’t want to leave you! He’ll probably try to pick you so you’ll have to tell him no. He’ll end up calling Sans who will go get help.

Underfell:

Sans: He’s not going to freak out too much. Seeing others hurt is a common occurrence in Underfell. I believe he’s pretty good with first-aid since he’s always taking care of himself and Papyrus. So he’s going to do what he can before getting help.

Papyrus: He’s going to fuss at you and ask how did you get that?! He’ll kill who ever did that to you! He’s going to call Sans to patch you up while he gets help. Just pray it’s not Alphys…

Underswap:

Sans: He’s freaking out! What happened?! What’s going on? He tries to act cool but he’s twisting his hands and dancing from foot to foot trying to figure out what to do. He feels sick. He calls Papyrus to get some help.

Papyrus: He’s going to get this “I’m going to be sick” look on his face, but he actually does a pretty good job keeping it together. He’s going to get you comfortable (or as comfy as you can be with a broken leg). Then he’s going to go get help.

Swapfell:

Sans: He’s glaring at you. What did you do? Who did this? He’ll make sure they pay for it! He’s going to go on a rant while you’re sitting there in pain. You’ll have to remind him that you need help.

Papyrus: He’s pretty chill about it since he’s seen worse. But, he’s pretty good at first-aid. He does a messy job fixing you up as best he can before going to get help. 

Originally posted by cool-papyrus-95

Don’t reblog posts about first aid/CPR/BLS/protest response unless OP is a trained and certified first responder of some sort.

There’s a lot of medical misinformation going around on tumblr, and there are also fake posts by nazis and other bigots trying to get us hurt.

Check your source and check the notes. Other medics may have already reblogged with corrected info or debunked info.

Stay safe and trust your medics! We are here to help.

P.S. I’m always willing to answer questions regarding first aid/CPR etc

Y'all can we appreciate childcare and preschool teachers more?
We’re not 15 year old baby sitters that you hired last minute.
We are cpr & first aid trained and certified. I am authorized to use a defibrillator if necessary. Just two weeks ago a kid almost choked on something and I had to give her the heimlich to get the toy out.
We have college educations.
We work long hours with a class full of kids.
In the toddler class we have up to 12 kids at a time, all with different needs. Some of them are still learning how to communicate and sometimes the best communication for them is violence. Your kids have kicked me in the face and tried to bite me. They bully other kids when things don’t go their way.
I spend an hour each day helping kids go to sleep for nap. Sometimes they cry and resist sleep.
Sometimes kids have trouble being separated from their parents at the beginning of the day. We sit with them and help them adjust to new and scary situations like that!
We take the kids outside and on walks, we teach them about flowers and different animals/insects.
We write age appropriate lesson plans!
We’re here to help kids grow not to babysit.

opal-bee  asked:

Not an ask really, but I went through CPR/First Aid training at work a few weeks ago and thought often of you and your blog during that time. Thank you for all that you do, not only here but out in the real world.

WELKIES!!!! 

Seriously, I’m just happy to help. <3 

AND CONGRATS ON YOUR TRAINING!!! Use it wisely. 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

Waiting for The Sophomore- part 2

Here’s part 1


Chapter 8: Misadventures in baby sitting

“Tensions run high as you try to juggle your personal life with a babysitting gig for Gabriela”


It’s babysitting time! luckily you have an expert by your side, he’s CPR certified, trained in first aid, lifeguard in his free time, the hottest barista you have ever met.

What could be wrong… Right?  

Ups! it seems like I spoke too soon… 

Suddenly Baby Rico burst into tears so Zig takes the kid from your arms and lifts him up.

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“Aww when i thought this man couldn’t be more perfect”

It turns out Zig is great taking care of children, he’s naturally paternal. You look how expertly he fastening Rico’s diaper, then he nestling him in the crook of his arm. 

You try to take Rico from his arms but he turns his face to Zig’s chest, setting comfortably.

_________________________________

He is not the only one in this room Zig, i like you too!”

After a while you both take Rico to the park, you spread a blanket on the grass and set the kid in the center, you spend the afternoon enjoying the sunlight meanwhile he plays with his toys. 

Back to Gabriela’s apartment Rico’s gets finally sleep, so you both take a break sitting down the couch. Zig and you chat for a while, you keep thanking him for coming. He says that it was nothing but finally he asks you why did you call him. 

“ I really wanted to hang out with you again” you say

“You do boy, You do…”

Then he tucks a piece of hair behind your ear, getting closer to you.

Suddenly he cups your face in his hands and kisses you deeply, biting your lower lip, You get closer to him, sliding both of your hands into his chest until you look around and realized that you still at Gabriela’s apartment.

“To be continued?” you say.

“Me too babe, me too 😍”


This is one of my favorite chapters, because we get to see another side of Zig, he is the sweetest, far from his bad-boy reputation.

Look at him, he would be a perfect father!

anonymous asked:

This may sound like a stupid question, but what's the correct method of doing CPR? My friend insists on a method that I believe is pretty outdated...

Hey. So I’m going to interpret this as a WRITING QUESTION. Because that’s what it is, right? Because you and your friend are writing a story together, right, and what needs to be done is a character needs to be resuscitated?

Side note: I am not a CPR instructor. I recommend everyone take a CPR for laypeople class, because to be honest, that’s literally the only thing that gives out of hospital cardiac arrest victims a fighting chance. The info in this post is current as of 2015, but it will probably all change AGAIN in 2020. But for the next 3-4 years, this should be helpful.

Now then. Your rescuer character is going to approach your victim character. Rescuer (R ) is going to going to put their hand on Victim (V)’s neck, on the trachea, and then slide over to the side. They’ll feel for a pulse for 5-10 seconds. If there isn’t one, or if they’re not sure—and even healthcare people aren’t sure sometimes–they’ll start chest compressions.

The current guideline for lay rescuers, to my knowledge, is to do continuous chest compressions and call for help. So you can imagine R pulling out their phone, calling 911, putting it on speaker, and then starting compressions.

As to how to do a chest compression? R will put their hand in the middle of V’s chest. On a male, the location is midline between the nipples. We used to have a better landmark system that worked for EVERYONE, but of course, the AHA had to change it, because the AHA like to make random changes that are stupid. On women, the only answer is “estimate where the nipples would be if they were a man”.

Look, I don’t make this shit up. I personally find the xiphoid process, which is the bony tip of the sternum, go 2 finger-widths above it, and put my hands there. That’s the old landmark, and it’s not inherently goddamn sexist. Seriously, have they never seen…. UGH.

Also, for any trans or gender non-conforming people who are feeling left out of medical guidelines: I’m sorry. I don’t make the rules. Most of medicine still sees “male” and “female”. I’m with you guys, that’s frikkin stupid, but that’s what it is right now.

Okay. Breathing.

Right. So your character is going to put their hands in the middle of the chest, and push. They’ll push hard, push fast, and—and this part cannot be overstated—they won’t lean on the chest (the current phrasing is “allow full chest recoil”). The whole reason CPR works is that you essentially use the lungs like a pump, pulling venous return from the rest of the body to keep blood flow going. So recoil is actually absolutely vital to a successful resuscitation. Even healthcare providers get this wrong, but it’s massively important.

Anyway, they are going to do that somewhere between 100-120 times per minute. The best thing you can do to keep the rhythm is to hum a song in your head. If R is optimistic, they can use Staying Alive (UH, UH, UH, Uh, Staying aLIve, Staying aLIve), but if they’re a morbid salty little shit like me, they might use Another One Bites the Dust (du-du DOO, DOO, DOO, +, ANOther one BITES the DUST…) . It is absolutely your call. Either one works. V will never know.

A solo rescuer, who is not a medically trained human, will just do continuous chest compressions until an ambulance arrives or the person stops being quite so dead.

However, when a second rescuer shows up, things change. Now we’re going to add rescue breathing into the mix. The ratio for adults and children is 30 compressions to 2 breaths. The breaths are given by tilting the head back, pinching the nose, making a seal with the mouth over the victim’s mouth, and blowing. If nobody is comfortable giving mouth-to-mouth—which is entirely possible, one of the things they don’t mention is that some cardiac arrest victims turn into just absolute fountains of vomit—then the two providers can trade off chest compressions.

And finally, if there’s an AED handy, they’ll apply it to the patient’s chest. The AED itself will walk them through what to do. It gives simple, clear instructions, such as:

“Apply pads to patient’s bare chest. Plug in pads connector.”
“Analyzing heart rhythm. Do not touch the patient.”
“Shock advised. Stand clear of the patient.”
“Press “Shock” Now.” (or) “No shock advised. If needed, continue CPR.”

It is made for lay people, but you cannot imagine how useful that is to offload during a cardiac arrest. Cannot. Imagine.

So that’s how CPR is done until an EMS crew arrives! Yaaaaaay!

Oh, one other thing, and this is pretty brutal: especially on an older person, ribs will break. I have done CPR on someone to the point that the sternum was completely disconnected from the ribs and was just…. Floating free on its own. It felt like doing handstands on oatmeal. This is a real thing, and it makes even veterans cringe. Your characters will feel this. Your characters will keep going.

I hope this helps your writing. And again: this is not medical advice. This post does not make you CPR certified. If you call 911 for a victim in cardiac arrest, the 911 operator will walk you through what to do. But do not do a thing and then say Aunt Scripty told you to.

Except in your writing. Do the thing in your writing, not in real life. Capisce?

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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