Give Care until EMS arrives and takes over
Once you decide to give care, you must stay with your victim(s) until EMS
or Law Enforcement arrives on scene and takes over.
If you start care then leave the scene, that is considered "abandonment".
If you leave the scene for a specific purpose (for example - to call for help
or to get a first aid kit or other supplies) and come right back, that is acceptable.
There are 5 times you may stop care (but stay on scene) -
1. When the scene becomes unsafe, move to a safer location.
If you can safely move your victim, take him with you.
If not, get to safety. Do not become another victim!
2. When your victim shows "signs of life".
Let us say your victim was not breathing. If you did a "head tilt- chin lift" and
he started breathing, you would stop care and monitor him until he needed further care or EMS arrived.
3. When someone of equal or higher training comes to help you.
You may stop caring for the victim, but do not leave. Your help may still be needed. Wait for EMS to arrive.
4. When an AED tells you to stop.
If you are doing CPR, do not stop to put on an AED.
The person who brought it should be the one to attach it to the victim.
5. When you are too exhausted (not just tired) to continue.
Once EMS arrives, continue doing what you are doing until they tell you to stop.
They will also need some information from you, but they will be busy caring for the victim,
so you may need to wait a bit.