In a medical emergency call tiple zero (000) for an ambulance.

The DRSABCD Action Plan is the first step when providing first aid. Use this to assess the immediate situation. DRSABCD Danger > Response > Send for help > Airway > Breathing > CPR > Defibrillation.

• Act with extreme urgency (within seconds) if it is a heat or chemical burn.
• Do not touch the eye or contact lens.
• Do not allow the patient to rub the eye.
• Do not try to remove any object that is embedded in or penetrating from the eye.
• Do not persist in examining the eye if the injury is severe.
• Do not apply pressure when bandaging the eye.

Signs and symptoms
• Pain
• Redness
• Wateriness
• Sensitivity to light
• Swollen or spasming eyelids
• Bleeding
• Inability to open the eye
• Injuries around the eye

What to do
1. Follow DRSABCD.
2. Do not try to remove an object that is embedded in, or protruding from, the eye.
3. Cover the injured eye only, with one or more sterile pads, avoiding any protruding object.
4. Do not put direct pressure on the eyeball.
5. Help the patient to lie down in a comfortable position on their back.
6. Ask the patient to try not to move their eyes.
7. Seek medical aid.

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Information originally published by St John Ambulance Australia.

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