Alert: lifeguarding in Action - revised 2012
The June 2012 (14th) printing of Alert: Lifeguarding in
Action features a new cover and an eight-page Alert
Insert highlighting new or newly emphasized content in the
Society's National Lifeguard training program. The Alert
Insert is available as a stand-alone hard copy.
In addition, the Society made the following changes to the text
for consistency with the most recent international resuscitation
and CPR guides:
p. 68 a) Rescue of victims far out from
- Right-side column, last paragraph: replace 2nd and 3rd
sentences ("In calm... victim on board.") with: "The second
lifeguard lifts the victim on board, assesses breathing and starts
CPR if necessary."
p. 76 ACCIDENT REPSONSE PLAN
- Under Primary Survey (at top left): replace 2nd bullet
(Breathing - Look, Listen, Feel") with: "Breathing - Perform a
quick, visual check for absent or abnormal breathing."
- Under Primary Survey (at top left): replace 3rd bullet
("Circulation - Check for... start CPR immediately.") with: "If the
victim is breathing, assume effective circulation and look for
bleeding and other life-threatening injuries. If the victim is
unresponsive and not breathing or not breathing effectively
(gasping), start CPR and apply an AED as soon as it arrives."
p. 76 PRIMARY SURVEY (right column)
- 1st square bullet: replace last sentence ("Open the airway...)
with: "Open the airway and check for breathing."
p. 77 New sidebars
- Delete photo and add three new blue sidebars with the following
Opening the Airway of a Spinal-Injured Victim:
If a spinal injury is suspected, open the airway using the
jaw-thrust technique. If unsuccessful, use the head-tilt/chin-lift
CPR with a Drowning Victim: With a drowning
victim, start CPR with rescue breaths. With all other victims,
start with compressions.
Recovery Position: Place breathing victims
(with no spinal injury) in the recovery position to maintain the
airway and keep it clear of fluids and other debris.