First Aid: A Helpful Reference for Anyone
These pages hold instructions on how to do some common first aid procedures as well as others that may include long-term care.
NOTE - This page is meant to be a reference during role-play. It is not meant to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any real medical condition. Any risk or liability is your own.
Bandages and Dressings | Burns and Scalds | Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation | Controlling Bleeding | Delivering a Baby | Miscellaneous Procedures | Shock | Sprains, Strains, and Fractures | Treating Wounds
Delivering a Baby
- Knife (boiled to be sterile)
- Cotton, or some other clean cloth
- Warm blankets
- Some large pieces of scrap cloth.
- Stay calm and tell the mother to breathe slowly. If there is a husband or mate there they need to be able to assist you and be a hand to squeeze. (Note: When telling the husband, mate to give their parnter a hand to squeeze, tell them to use their left hand (or, if they are left-handed, their right.))
- When you see the baby's head put one hand lightly on the head, allowing it to come out slowly. DO NOT PULL! As the baby is born, GENTLY stroke downward on the baby's nose. This is when you use the cotton or clean cloth to wipe the mucus and fluids from the baby's face, especially the nose.
- After the head and shoulders come out the rest should follow pretty quickly. When the baby is totally born place it on its mother's stomach or hand it to the husband/mate.
- After two or three more contractions the placenta will follow the baby. Wrap this up in a large piece of cloth and put it aside.
- Now, take the thread. You need two pieces. The first should be tied about four inches from the baby's stomach and the second four inches from the first.
- Cut the umbilical cord between the two strings. Baby and mother need to have nice warm blankets thrown over them. The mother should begin to breast feed if possible.
- Time to clean up.
For more detail relating to the healing of humans, here is a neat site that might help you. The golden fire lizard will show you the way!
Sources for these pages were:
|Radcliffe, J. The New International Webster's Pocket Medical & First Aid Dictionary of the English Language. USA: Trident Press International, 1997.|
Yahoo! Yahoo! Health Encyclopedia. June 2004.
All references to worlds and characters based on Anne McCaffrey's fiction are copyright ©
Anne McCaffrey 1967, 2001, all rights reserved, and used by permission of the author.
Special thanks to Nerissa and Avonelle, who helped in the compilation of this resource.