Practical First Aid Tips
First Aid Tips When someone is suddenly injured or ill, there is usually a critical period before they can receive medical treatment and it is this period that is most important to the victim. What you do, or what you don’t do, in that interval can mean the difference between life and death. You owe it to yourself, your family and your neighbors to know and understand procedures that you can apply quickly and intelligently in an emergency.
Every home should have some sort of first aid kit, and if you don’t already have one, gather your supplies now. Tailor the contents to fit your family’s particular needs. Don’t add first aid supplies to the jumble of toothpaste and cosmetics in the medicine cabinet. Instead, assemble them in a suitable, labeled box (such as a fishing tackle box or small chest with a hinged lid), so everything is close at hand when needed. Label everything in the kit clearly and indicate what it is used for. Be sure not to block the box; otherwise, you may be looking for the key when that emergency happens. Place the box on a shelf out of the reach of small children, check it periodically, and always restock items as soon as they run out.
Keep all medicines, including over-the-counter medicines like aspirin, out of the reach of children. When you dispose of medications, be sure to do so where children or pets cannot retrieve them. When an emergency occurs, make sure the injured victim’s airway is not blocked by the tongue and the mouth is free of secrets and foreign objects. It is extremely important that the person breathe freely. And if not, it is necessary to give artificial respiration immediately. Check the victim for a pulse and good blood circulation while checking for signs of bleeding. Act quickly if the victim is bleeding heavily or has swallowed poison or has stopped their heart or breathing.
Remember that every second counts.
Although most injured people can be moved safely, it is vitally important not to move a person with a severe neck or back injury unless you have to save them from further danger. Keep the patient lying down and still. If he has vomited and there is no danger of breaking his neck, turn him on his side to prevent choking and keep him alert by covering him with blankets or coats. Have someone call for medical assistance while you apply first aid. The person calling for help should explain the nature of the emergency and ask what should be done until the ambulance arrives. Reassure the victim and try to stay calm yourself. His calm can dispel the feat and panic of the patient. Do not give fluids to an unconscious or semi-conscious person; fluids can enter your trachea and cause choking. Do not try to wake an unconscious person by slapping or shaking them. Look for an emergency medical ID card or flagship device the victim may be using to alert you to any health issues, allergies, or illnesses that may require special attention.
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