Conducting First Aid

No health blog would be complete if first aid is not discussed. Though most people across the globe are aware about the concept of first aid, the truth is that only a handful of people are capable of conducting them. People are too preoccupied with their jobs and complacent that they would not experience such a situation which requires them to conduct first aid. Besides, they have their mobile phones with them and they can easily get in touch with nearest hospital or doctor.

First Aid Kit

But how about those individuals who live in remote areas or where hospitals are located far off from the main village or town? This is where first aid truly shines. The good news is that do not need to be a doctor or someone who has medical background just to conduct first aid. And thanks to internet technology, people can learn how to conduct first aid online. It would also be favorable if you have a first aid kit handy and or accessible. If you find yourself in an emergency, keep in mind that time is of the essence. You do not have the time to waste. You have to keep in mind of the following:

  • Before conducting first aid, you have to assess the situation. Make sure that you are unharmed and do not require any immediate treatment. Decide if there is a need to contact emergency assistance.
  • If the emergency took place on the road, make sure that there are no fuel leakages within the vicinity if applicable. Avoid being near broken glass and or chemicals leaking.
  • Attend victims who are unconscious. You will realize that they are not conscious if they are not responding to your calls or any external stimuli. Always remember that the victim who has the most severe case should be prioritized.
  • Make sure to check the airways since if there is something blocking it then it can potentially lead to the death of the victim. Make sure that he or she is breathing normally otherwise seek medical assistance immediately.
  • While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, you can attempt chest compressions. Just take the necessary steps to keep infections from taking place between you and the victim.
  • For adults, cardiac compressions are often followed by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If the victim is not responding then do not bother checking for pulse and resort to this procedure right away. Give thirty chest compressions followed by a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation then another one. You can breathe in the victim’s mouth for two seconds in a slow manner. This is done so that it can inflate the chest of the victim which can increase the chances of oxygen circulating in the victim’s body.
  • Artery bleeding on the other hand can be fatal so if you find the victim in this state, it is important that you attend to him or her immediately. Your first objective here is to stop the bleeding and applying hard pressure on it can help. Cleaning the wound is not advisable. Make the victim lie down with his or her head lower than the other parts of his or her body. This helps circulate oxygen throughout the victim’s body.
  • If the victim is still unconscious or is not responding favorably then it would be best to bring him or her to the hospital right away.

It would also be helpful if you are going to take some online first aid course or training. This will at least help you become more familiar with the process and at the same time, add more knowledge to what you have. Having the knowledge to conduct first aid is very vital. You may never know when you need to do first aid.

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12 Responses to “Conducting First Aid”

  1. Ron says:

    Always a good idea to have some first aid knowledge, especially for accident-prone guys like me! XD

  2. This really helps everyone when it comes to implementing first aid.

  3. Franc Ramon says:

    Learning first aid is very important as you’ll never know when you’ll need it someday. Above everything else, the important thing is to remain calm in any situation.

  4. My son and his best buddies attended a weekend training with Red Cross at Pusod TLCC. They learned a lot from that weekend about first aid training.

  5. jared's mum says:

    basic knowledge on first aid is a must, especially for moms of active little boys like me, thanks for sharing these tips, i will definitely keep them in mind or bookmark your site, atleast! 😉

  6. Argee says:

    I believe everyone should learn first aid. You can save lives with it 🙂

    Thank you for the tips.

  7. Food Diary says:

    I’ve had some basic training on First Aid, but never got to apply them in real-life situations (hope I don’t need to ever). But it’s good to be prepared for the worst. ;/

    • Admin says:

      Right! Of course even if we have the knowledge, we would rather be safe than encounter situation that will require applying first aid. Stay safe!

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