I recently renewed a first aid qualification and between saving Resussie Annie, the recovery position and compressing bleeders, it got me thinking, and drawing parallels. How can you save anyone else unless you’re alive? How can you do what you do if you’re not at your best? Key decisions are best made with information. Application is effective if it’s efficient and reassessed, and collaboration is imperative to the success of the idea.
The resuscitation pneumonic is DR ABC:
The D stands for Danger. As the first person approaching a situation you need to check for danger. It’s the very first thing that you do because you need to ensure that you are safe and not going to become a second casualty. When you think of it like that it can hit home. They also advise walking to a casualty, not running, because it helps prepare the mind and ensure your physical ability is at its best in case you need to perform CPR for an extended period.
When it comes to your wellbeing the same can be true, there can be catastrophic consequences: burn out leading to lifelong illnesses, mental health deterioration which can be pushed that one-step too far. Stress over short periods is manageable, but sustained stress can have major adverse effects on your health. So, when approaching a new situation, project, or line manager, check for danger and decide how to keep yourself safe throughout the process. Don’t rush into the challenge, “walk”, so you can take that time to prepare your mind and ensure you can perform to your potential and have space for creativity.
The R stands for Response. Checking for response is also to protect yourself. What if they’re just having a nap and you run over and start giving them the ‘kiss of life’ - a lawsuit waiting to happen!
Gathering that all important initial information can provide you with details and enable you to make an informed decision of what to do next. Asking for responses to an idea, from everyone involved, can help troubleshoot and open up creative channels to develop a good idea into an awesome idea. Getting extra information and commitment puts you on a path to success.
The A stands for Airway. You need to check the airway. If you don’t use the technique correctly – head tilt, chin up, your future efforts for assessing the situation, maintaining the airway and reaping the benefits will not be efficient and in some cases completely redundant.
So, ensure there are no obvious roadblocks in your implementation plan. An idea or plan rarely survives first contact “with the enemy” so having the flexibility to adapt to new information will lead to higher performance.
The B stands for Breathing. You need to look, listen and feel. Is the casualty breathing? The correct choice of the next step depends on the answer to the question.
Making sure the basic information and foundation is secure is always critical to underpin any plan of action. Use all of your senses, open your mind to different ways of thinking, creativity and change to utilise every ability you have to gain a well-rounded idea. This also ensures that you don’t miss a ‘life changing’ idea or approach.
The C stands for Circulation, call 999, CPR. This next step whichever decision you have made is all about collaboration. Breathing is redundant without circulation because the body is still not getting oxygen, and CPR is used to attempt to sustain oxygen delivery until the paramedics arrive.
The more collaborative the process, the greater the chances of creativity, acceptance of change and engagement from everyone involved resulting in high performance.
So ‘breathe’ energy and life into your next idea with DR ABC.
Bryony Vandenberg is an Impact Associate.