As human, we are susceptible to injuries, illnesses and trauma. Accidents can happen anytime and we never know when an injury may happen to us or the people we love or those who are around us.Which is why it is always good to have some basic first aid knowledge to take care of critical situations, to keep it from going from bad to worse or till medical help arrives.
First aid training also provides the knowledge to look after oneself. Keeping yourself safe means you are in a better position to help others in unforeseen circumstances. For example, you went hiking by yourself and you suffer an injury or turn for the worse, while you may still need help, you will be able to tend to wounds or diagnose problems well enough to keep you out of danger until help arrives. Having first aid knowledge can make a huge difference between life and death and the benefits of learning it are limitless.
Sadly, many people don’t consider First Aid training a priority; either they are too busy or think that first aid is simply finding a first aid kit to use, most importantly, they think that accidents only happen to other people, not to them or their family, friends and colleagues; a wrong mind set to have. Exactly why is first aid training so important then? Be it in an office, the factory floor, a work site, a commercial building or even at home, why does one need first aid training?
Here is 5 good reasons to answer that question:
INCREASED SAFETY AWARENESS
As the saying goes, better be safe than be sorry. Preventing injuries is the basis and most important part of first aid training and being knowledgeable in this subject not only help oneself, but also others become more aware of possible risks and to avoid them. When people are more conscious and alert about what is happening around them, they tend to practice safe habits and, consequently, contribute to a reduction of the number of accidents and injuries.
HELP SAVE LIVES
Undoubtedly true, but that’s not all; giving appropriate first aid immediately can help to reduce a person’s recovery time and make the difference between the patient having a temporary or long term disability, even saving lives. While it is natural for most people to try to help someone who’s been injured, most people don’t know what to do – a trained first aider, on the other hand, can respond to an accident in the correct manner and save someone’s life. He or she is taught how to remain calm in emergency situations and learn simple acronyms to help recall the correct steps to take.
PREVENT SITUATIONS FROM BECOMING WORSE
In some situations, if an injured doesn’t receive first aid care immediately, their situation may deteriorate very rapidly. First aiders are therefore crucial because they know how to help others or stabilise the patient during emergency situations until professional medical assistance arrives. From preventing someone from asphyxiating (the human brain can only handle approximately six minutes without oxygen, so every second counts) to administrating CPR to someone who had a heart attack, first aiders are indispensable everywhere, be it at home or in the workplace. Proper first aid training courses also ensure the first aider knows how to collect information about what happened and the patients’ condition and to pass on to the emergency services when required to save TIME; an important link in the chain of survival.
HELP RELIEF PAIN
Not all accidents, injuries or illnesses require a trip to the A&E room, but it doesn’t mean they don’t cause pain and suffering to the patient. A child crying because of a bruised knee or running a fever is in pain and is suffering, a colleague who fell down a fleet of stairs may be moaning in agony. A trained first aider would be able to employ the correct techniques of first aid treatment which could be a simple solution like applying ice packs correctly or utilising appropriate bandaging to relieve discomfort. In such cases, calling a person trained in first aid is more reliable and not only helps reduce pain and provide temporary relief for the patient, at the same time providing for emotional support by being calm and collected to reduce any anxiety of the patient.
Of course it also helps that companies provide for well-stocked first aid kit and have first aiders in the company where both employees and employers can benefit from it.
CONFIDENCE TO REACT IN EMERGENCIES
Have you ever come across a situation where you see someone knocked down by a vehicle and bleeding heavily? Most people would be in shock for a moment not knowing what to do and worst, the sight of blood may scare them further and hamper their ability to react or seek help quickly.
On the other hand, a trained person can easily identify the type of emergency situation and handle them well with the confidence and first aid knowledge gained from the real life situation drills conducted in such trainings. Knowing that you can save your own life when required, or that of the people you know or those in trauma during emergency helps you feel safer and more secure. The presence of a trained first aider also provides reassurance to the others in the situation.
Being trained to provide first aid is useful not just to oneself, but also the society.