Get First Aid!
by Jerry Dawson, Founder
Anyone can suddenly and unexpectedly face a
life-or-death situation that requires quick action. You could be with a loved one who has
a heart attack...you might be babysitting a child who burns herself with hot water...you
may face a victim of a fall who is now unconscious...or you may come upon a traffic
accident with injured victims. Will you know what to do? Will you have the resources to
take proper action?
Unfortunately, many times the answer i no.
The first thing you should do in any situation
requiring administering of first aid is to follow the three Cs:
Check, Call, Care
To Check the victim, you must first survey the
scene to ensure your safety. If you get hurt trying to help, you may only serve to make
matters worse. Next, do a primary survey. This involves checking to determine if the
has an open, unobstructed airway
has a heartbeat
is not bleeding severely
After checking the victim, Call the EMS, giving
them a description of the emergency situation as well as the location of the scene.
After calling the EMS, provide appropriate Care
based on your primary survey of the victim until EMS or other advance medical personnel
arrives and takes over. Remember, do not attempt Rescue Breathing or CPR without
certification. To obtain certification, ask your employer's Human Resources
Department about adding you to the first response team or establishing one if there isn't
one where you work. Or, in the United States, you can contact the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org).
Based on your survey, you can then administer to the
victim based on the level of training you have had and the equipment and supplies
available to you.
aid kits are now available for almost any situation or location. For just a few
dollars you can actually save someones life or help prevent further injury. Custom
first aid kits are available for camping, boating, driving, hiking, sports, and outdoor
A new trend, made possible by the power of the Internet
and online customization, is to custom
configure first aid kits to match your specific needs.
Remember, prevention and preparedness are essential.
Take the necessary instruction to be able to administer first aid properly. Ensure you
have the necessary supplies with you at all times. Waiting until a crisis hits is unwise
and dangerous. Also, the experience of being helpless while someone else dies can leave
you scarred for life. You can make all the difference between tragedy--and some
very thankful hugs.
Jerry Dawson, Founder
Disclaimer: The intention of this article is to
give you basic information about first aid. It is not a first-aid course. Neither
the authors nor the editors are licensed medical professionals or practitioners.