Think Fast: First Aid Helps Everyone Should Know. By Guest Blogger, Brooke C

By Guest Blogger, Brooke C.


Think Fast: First Aid Helps Everyone Should Know


Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Brooke C.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Brooke C.

No one can be fully prepared to provide first aid for every type of emergency situation. However, there are some basic first aid practices and techniques everyone should be versed in, no matter what. The reality is that some of these first aid helps may seem so basic, mentioning them yet again may be interpreted as a waste of breath. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, too few people take the time to even know the most basic and commonly needed first aid techniques.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Cardio pulmonary resuscitation or CPR represents perhaps the most basic form or emergency first aid help the typical person needs to know. According to the American Heart Association, 88 percent of cardiac events, many that require CPR, occur at home. A full 70 percent of the population is unable to perform basic CPR in such a situation.
CPR training is available from a wide range of different agencies and organizations. This includes the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, local hospitals and medical centers, as well as many other institutions, groups and organizations.

Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation
This technique is absolutely life saving to millions in any given year. You should know the proper way to administer the resuscitation and be able to know when it is truly needed or not. Only 30 percent of the population can do this first aid correctly, but if you enroll at a local clinic, fire station or hospital you can learn when it is needed, how to do it, and when it can be dangerous. Harrison Medical Center says it’s important to refresh the course every year to be sure you are up to date on your techniques.

Heimlich Maneuver
Incidents in which a person chokes can be commonplace. Thousands of people are brought into emergency rooms annually because of chocking incidents, including 10,000 children. Indeed, one child dies in the United States every five days (on average) from choking, according to the American Red Cross.
Because of the truly ubiquitous nature of chocking incident, and the fact that children are at high risk for his type of accident, understanding the Heimlich Maneuver (or a similar, medially approved technique) is fundamental. As is the case with CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation, Heimlich Maneuver instruction is available from a wide array of different groups, organizations and agencies. You should know how to administer it to an infant as well as a grown person.

First aid is important to know, because you’ll never be able to guess when you might need it, and it can save lives. More deaths can be prevented, and you can feel more prepared when you are well versed in first aid for home.

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