The Importance Of First Aid Training

Almost everyone will be involved in a crisis at some point in their lives. Someone falls and can’t get up. Someone cuts themselves and can’t stop bleeding. Another person’s heart fails. Wars, natural disasters, terrorist actions, plus all the day-to-day risks of car accidents, falling, ingestion of dangerous substances, among other possibilities, add up to a certainty any given individual will witness and maybe assist in first aid. Knowing what to do in these situations can be the difference between someone living or dying, between a temporary or permanent disability. First aid training is available at a number of institutions and is available to just about anyone.

Minutes Count

It takes the brain six minutes to die once oxygen is cut off. It can take a person as little as five minutes to bleed to death. Bones that are not set, may never hold weight. Cuts that are not cleaned can become infected. In the minutes after a trauma, how the body is treated can make a world of difference to the outcome, and time is of the essence.

ABC’s of First Aid

First aid addresses three critical issues: Airway, making sure that the person can breathe; Blood, making sure the person is not going to bleed to death; Cardio, making sure the person’s heart is beating. Beyond that first aid is about making sure no more damage is done and making the victim as comfortable as possible. First aid might be as simple as putting alcohol and a bandage on a scrape, immobilizing bones so surrounding tissue isn’t damaged, or it might be as intense as restoring breathing and heart beat. First aid can also be psychological, aiding people who are so traumatized that they may not be functional, and they need support and guidance to move forward and make safe decisions.