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.
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.
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’
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.