by: Sedra Taylor
We all have experienced an everyday event that turns into an accident. Rather in the home, the workplace or recreation; being prepared to render First Aid until help arrives helps save lives. First Aid allows you to assist someone in an emergency situation.
People generally don’t consider the benefit of knowing First Aid until they are put in a situation where they have to react to prevent further harm or to prevent loss of life. First Aid is simply providing immediate care to anyone experiencing a minor or serious illness or injury.
I. It’s generally not a question of if or when an emergency will happen, the question is when the emergency happens, are you prepared, and can you respond and take control in the event of an injury or an emergency situation?
II. Individuals who are trained to respond in an emergency are more likely to take action in a crisis situation. Being trained in First Aid gives you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation. It gives you the tools to help aid as opposed to being a simple bystander.
III. First Aid Saves lives. Being adequately prepared in First Aid gives you the necessary tools to prevent an accident from becoming worse. It can be essential in saving a life. Today, I hope to persuade you why First Aid is a valuable training in being prepared to respond to a simple injury or an emergency event.
1. Emergency First Response noted that being properly trained in First Aid not only saves lives, applying First Aid immediately “can help reduce a person’s recovery time which can have an impact on the person experiencing a temporary or long-term disability”. (Emergency First Response, 2016).
A. Since we live in a society where accidents do happen. Being properly trained in First Aid gives you the tools to offer comfort in an emergency. Having the training to apply and use simple techniques like applying an ice bag or heat pad correctly, applying the correct bandaging, properly rising a wound or simply flushing an eye provides comfort during an emergency.
B. There are some emergency situations where if First Aid is not offered immediately, the condition can become worse (even life threatening). Being trained in First Aid allows anyone to stabilize an emergency situation until more advanced medical professionals can intervene.
2. First Aid is not complex. The class is typically offered with CPR and can be taught in around 3 hours. The basics of First Aid can be taught in 1.5 hours. First Aid is essential in responding to injuries, promoting recovery and preserving life.
A. Urban Survival relays that proper training in First Aid allows an individual to utilize household items to be used to respond to injuries or accidents. For example, packaged frozen foods or placing dish liquid in a zip lock bag can be used as an ice pack. Elmer’s Glue can be used to remove a splinter. Oatmeal can be applied to skin rashes, and meat tenderizer can be used to relieve itch and pain from bee or wasp stings. First Aid is essential and can be applied by the average person using common household items. (Urban Survival, 2019).
The essence of First Aid is to preserve life, prevent an injury or illness from escalating to a life-threatening event, and promote recovery, offer comfort (pain relief) or protecting an unconscious individual. Being properly trained allows you to confidently respond to any minor injury or emergency situation. Learning First Aid is a very important and necessary element in all our lives.