- In 2009, there were 24, 690 serious injuries and 2,222 fatalities on the UK’s roads
- Road traffic accidents are one of the top ten causes of death worldwide
- The British Heart Foundation estimated that there are approximately 124, 000 heart attacks in the UK each year
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Guest Post - "First Aid Management"
Why You Should Know the Basics of First Aid and How You Can Be Prepared With Your Own First Aid Kit.
A knowledge of basic first aid can make the difference between life and death. A brief glance at some statistics shows why:
However, several studies have shown that effective first aid can be vital in the first few minutes after an emergency. First aid is an important life skill. A first aid qualification, such as those from First Aid Management can help your CV/personal statement, or even open up job opportunities. There are also opportunities to volunteer using your first aid skills. But more importantly, it helps in being prepared for any unexpected situation involving a medical emergency, both at home and at work.
There are 3 main aims of first aid:
Your first aim is to preserve life by carrying out emergency first aid procedures (such as opening a person’s airway using resuscitation techniques). Secondly, you should attempt to prevent the casualty’s condition from deteriorating further. This could include asking them to stay still to prevent movement of possible fractures and by stopping any bleeding. Finally, you can promote recovery by arranging prompt emergency medical help. In addition, simple first aid can significantly affect the long-term recovery of an injury. For example, quickly cooling a burn will reduce the risk of long term scarring.
To be prepared to assist in the event of an injury, medical emergency or disaster, it is important to have a basic first aid kit on hand - and it’s not even as expensive as you might think!
You can buy a small basic first aid kit for around $25 from your local department store, or you could put together a household kit for yourself. Here are some things to include:
- Adhesive plastic strips, large packet
- Sterile wipes
- Different sized bandages
- Sterile dressing
- Dressings, adhesive and non-adhesive
- Saline eyewash solution
- Gauze swabs
- Small scissors
- Safety pins
- Disposable gloves
- Paper tape
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