You might never have been in a situation where you have needed to perform first aid and not known what to do, but the chances are, that if that hasn’t been a situation that you have encountered yet that it is one which will occur at some stage in your life. The opportunity to come across these moments are too many to mention. From car wrecks to fainting or electrocution, choking or drowning. These are all situations where a life could be saved by having a person on the scene who knows how to do first aid. It is such an important skill that should be mandatory for everyone to learn. Sadly, this is not the case. But, if you need any convincing, here are five places where knowing basic first aid could be the difference between life and death.
One of the most basic things that you will learn on a first aid course is what to do if a person is bleeding profusely. This could be the result of any range of accidents from a chainsaw disaster to a car wreck or kitchen mishap. The golden role is to apply pressure on the wound and if you apply first aid course Perth or any other major city, this will be one of the first things that you learn.
It is more likely to happen to a toddler or youngster who likes to put things in their mouths, but it could happen to anyone. Something gets lodged in the windpipe and the flow of air to the lungs is blocked. This quickly leads to death as the body needs oxygen to sustain itself. Choking is very easily remedied but you need to know what to do and how to do it. It is a simple operation called the Heimlich Manoeuvre and it is a lifesaver – you can ever perform it on yourself in an emergency.
Keep the blood moving
Probably the most famous element of first aid is CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is what you do when you find a person who has no pulse. Why they have no pulse is not the issue. They may have had a heart attack or have been drowning. It could be for any number of reasons. Your goal as a first responder is not to make a definitive diagnosis but rather to get the blood moving in the body. Done to the beat of The Bee Gees ‘Staying Alive’ this is where you press down hard on the chest cavity and force blood manually through the body. It is done in conjunction with artificial respiration and it has the ability to buy a lot of time before the experts arrive.
You may well come across a situation where you are in eth wilderness and far away from civilization and a friend breaks a bone. First aid will teach you how to brace the broken limb to enable you to move the person to a more comfortable spot – and then ultimately to safety.
One of the most important things that you will learn in first aid is the recovery position. What it is and how to position an unconscious person into this position. It is vital for helping people who have had seizures or who are coming around after some sort of event. It keeps their airways open and allows them to continue breathing (it is important to make sure that they are breathing before you place them in this position), and it avoids a situation where they choke on their vomit if they get sick. Having saved a life the last thing that you want is a choking incident.