First Aid Techniques
   
At the Emergency Scene
Action in An Emergency
Assessing a Casualty
Maintaining Airway,
Breathing, and Circulation
What to do When Somebody has Collapsed
The recovery Position for
Adults
The recovery Position for
Children and Babies
Rescue Breathing for Adults
Rescue Breathing for
Children and Babies
CPR for Adults
CPR for Children and Babies
Choking in Adults
Choking in Children
Choking in Babies
   
 
Everyday First Aid
   
Nosebleeds
Minor Wounds
Infected Wounds
Dealing with Splinters and
Fish Hooks
Foreign Bodies
Animal Bites
Insect Bites and Stings
More on Bites and Stings
Headaches
Fever
Earaches, Toothache, and
Sore Throat
Abdominal Pain
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Cramps
Hysteria, Hiccups, and Panic
Attacks
Allergies
   
 
Equipment, Medicines, and Complementary Medicine
   
Using Dressings and Cold
Compresses
Bandaging
First Aid Kit for the Home
First Aid Kit for the Car
Wilderness First Aid Kit
Observation Chart/Victim
Record
Storing and Using Medication
Commonly Prescribed
Drugs:
What They Do and Side
Effects
Drug Interactions
The Complementary
Medicine Chest
   
 
 
 
 
First Aid

It is definitely better to have knowledge and skills about first aid and not need to use it immediately than to need to conduct first aid urgently and not know anything about it. Throughout everyone’s lifetime, there will be several situations wherein there is a need to save lives through immediate medical responses to surprising, unexpected and uncalled for situations, like accidents.

 

First aid is an instant assistance provided to an immediately sick or injured person. The doctor and the hospital may be always on call but may not be always conveniently accessible. Adverse life situations may happen when you least expect them, at the oddest places, during the oddest time. That is why there is a need to know all about how urgent first aid assistance can be initially applied and provided when needed.

 

You do not need to be a professional medical practitioner to be able to administer first aid. Specific knowledge, necessary skills, capability for situation assessment and sound judgment call to action are the prerequisites to administering proper and safe first aid procedures. As people all know, preparedness and firm emotional composure are the key elements to applying urgent first aid assistance.

 

Generally, first aid consists of series of simple, easy and life-saving actions and techniques that anyone can learn to perform. The procedures can be done with bare hands or with minimal equipment. When you suffer from an ordinary paper cut or from a severe burn, you will certainly need first aid. When several people around you incur puncture wounds, choke, suffer from food poisoning or have spurting cuts, of course, you should not just look around and awe yourself in amazement. Such situations call for heroic and noble acts. First aid is the most you could do to help patients while proper and professional medical assistance is on the way.

 

However, be reminded that first aid should not replace proper medical care. While there are some simple accidents and situations when first aid can completely do---like minor cuts, splinters, nose bleeds and insect bites---there are many medical situations and accidents that require professional medical attention. Snake bites, heart attacks, convulsions, high fever, fracture and seizures are just some of the numerous dangerous, yet immediate, situations that can be temporarily relieved by first aid, but are definitely calling for doctors’ intervention.

 

The key goal to every first aid action is to preserve life. As a quick and practical guide, first aid is almost always all about initially facilitating open airway. Unconscious patients are provided with artificial resuscitations, while conscious patients are relieved even temporarily of the discomfort they are feeling as proper first aid assistance from professionals are still being sought.

 

Knowledge and skill about first aid is unquestionably a necessity. All people should acquire first aid skills simply because accidents and adverse occurrences happen without any warnings. It is always better to be able to save lives when there is a real and immediate need to do so. 
 
 
 
First Aid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Aid Procedures
   
Drowning
Shock
Breathing Difficulties
Asthma
Anaphylactic Shock
Heart Problems
Stroke
Epilepsy
Unconsciousness
Diabetes
Bleeding
Treatment of External Bleeding
Bleeding from the Head or
Palm
Treating Chest or Abdominal
Wounds
Crush Injuries, Impalement,
and Amputation
Internal Bleeding
Eye Wounds and Embedded
Objects
Bleeding from Special Sites
Controlling Bleeding from the Mouth and Nose
Fractures, Discolorations, and
Soft Tissue Injuries
How to Treat Fractures
Fractures of the Skull, Face,
and Jaw
Concussion
Fractures of the Upper Body
Fractures of the Arm and Hand
Fractures of the Ribcage
Recognizing Back and Spinal
Injury
If you have to move the Victim
Unconscious Victim
Injuries to the Lower Body
Injuries to the Lower Leg
Sprains and Strains
Burns and Scalds
Treating Other Types of Burn
Chemical Burns and Eye Burns
Extreme Cold
Extreme Heat
Poisoning
Poisoning from Household
Chemicals
Poisoning from Industrial
Chemicals
Drug Poisoning
Alcohol Poisoning
Food Poisoning
Miscarriage
Emergency Childbirth
   
 
Wilderness First Aid
   
What to Do if You are a Long Way from Help
Wilderness First Aid
Avalanche and Snow Survival Techniques
Cold Water Survival
Techniques
Stretcher Improvising
Loading and Carrying a
Stretcher
One-and-Two-Person Carries
Helicopter Rescue