S: Shock Doc
FC: By... Josh Virgili | Shock Doc
1: SHOCK Doc | Josh Virgili
2: I woke up early and smelled the fresh Florida summer air. I looked out the hotel window and gazed down at the beach. The weather was great and I knew then that this would be a good day of vacation.
3: I walked down the hotel steps to meet my friends, Tommy, Keith, and Scott, where they waited for me on the beach. All four of us we certified divers and had traveled to Florida together to explore Florida's many natural reefs.
4: We loaded our gear onto the boat which was waiting for us by the South harbor. The boat was very large, big enough for twenty grow men, but with all the gear we had brought it seemed quite small.
5: Each of us had brought our own masks, regulators, BC's, and our own oxygen tanks, and fins. Each of us had five tanks each for the multiple dives ahead. After loading our equipment onto the boat the captain, Captain James, sound the horn and we were off.
6: Our destination was the Great Florida Reef located South West of the Florida Peninsula. The Great Florida Reef is home to a wide variety of Florida's most unique fish and wildlife.
7: We were a good five miles from the coast of Florida we Captain James stopped the boat to inform us that we we indeed located directly over the Great Florida Reef. Each of us put on our gear positioned ourselves on the edge of the boat and fell back into the cool crystal water.
8: It was no lie the reef we were exploring was amazing. It was filled with tropical fish of every species, sea turtles, and a variety coral species.
9: Everything was going perfect, until a very large reef shark appeared into view. Reef sharks rarely attack so there was not much to fear. I signaled to Tommy to swim close to the shark so that i may get a picture.
10: I took the underwater camera from my pocket and took the valuable picture, but the flash scared the shark and caused it to react. In no more than a second the shark bit Tommy in the leg and swam away in a hurry. With the help of my friends and Captain James we loaded Tommy into the boat.
11: Tommy's leg was bleeding severely and Captain Jame quickly fetched the boat first aid kit and bandaged the wound; however, the first aid was not done professionally and the leg was still bleeding. We noticed that Restlessness, Irritability, Altered Consciousness, Nausea, Pale/Ashen Skin, Cool/Moist Skin, and a Rapid breathing/pulse, all signs and symptoms of shock.
12: Being trained as a Red Cross lifeguard I knew how to handle the situation. First we called 911 and gave EMS the details on what had happened. Secondly, because i did not suspect a head, neck, or spine injury I elevated his feet about twelve inches to help circulate his blood. Thirdly we reassured him until we returned to the docks and placed him in the hands of EMS.
13: Signs and Symptoms | Restlessness Irritability Altered Consciousness Nausea Pale/Ashen Skin Cool/Moist Skin Rapid breathing/pulse
14: First Aid Procedure -Call 911 and give EMS the details on what had happened -If you do not suspect a head, neck, or spine injury elevate the victim's feet about twelve inches to help circulate his blood -Reassure him until he or she is placed in the care of EMS.