Basic First Aid

First Aid is an emergency care given to a sick or injured person before professional medical help arrives. We can never tell when an emergency will happen that is why everyone should learn basic first aid.

The aim of first aid is to preserve life, prevent further harm, and promote recovery. It is also important to remember that the rescuer should keep himself safe, too. As such, the responder should observe the situation before rushing to the rescue of another person to ensure that it is safe to approach.

Every responder should know the ABCD of first aid. The acronym stands for:

A – Airway

B – Breathing

C – Circulation

D – Deadly bleeding

This acronym is a quick reminder of what to check when responding to an emergency situation.

The most critical, yet intimidating, first aid treatment is the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The CPR could cause more harm if not done properly. It does not work by just pumping the chest of the injured. It should be done with care and knowledge to prevent more injury to the person treated.

You need the training to learn the skills, such as giving CPR, to provide proper emergency care. It pays to have training in first aid regardless of your profession because emergency situations can happen anytime to our loved ones or neighbors. You can get training by attending a first aid course. First aid training is available in organizations such as the Red Cross.