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First aid principles and practices

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It’s critical that anyone who has been hurt in an accident gets aid or medical attention right away. This keeps the victim steady before, if necessary, a trained medical professional comes along and helps avoid further difficulties.

Whether the casualty is slight or serious, a prompt response is required since what happens in the initial few seconds following an injury can have a significant impact on how the rest of the scenario plays out.

You must have designated first responders on site who can react quickly to accidents and take command of a problem if you are at a workplace.

We’ve put up a more thorough summary of first aid’s advantages and practical applications in emergency situations.

First aid fundamentals

Protect life

The primary goal of first aid is to preserve life, which entails using the most important emergency procedures to make sure the victim isn’t in immediate danger. But keep in mind that this also entails protecting your own life because you shouldn’t endanger yourself in order to provide first aid.

At this point, you should conduct a brief risk assessment to look for hazards that could endanger the injured person, you, or onlookers and cause the situation to worsen. When in doubt, don’t try to administer first aid; instead, ask for help from a medical professional right away.

Maintain the quality of things

The injured person’s condition should be kept from getting worse after all the procedures related to the first principle have been completed. It’s essential to keep a casualty still to prevent them from worsening their injury or complicating any underlying problems. By getting rid of any immediate threats in the vicinity, you can help prevent more injuries.

Encourage recovery

Finally, there are actions you should take to minimize permanent harm and scarring, as well as the length of time it takes a casualty to recover from an accident. The best illustration of this is immediately splashing cold water on a burn to lessen the possibility of permanent scarring and hasten the healing process.

First aid procedures

Adopting prompt action

This is the foundation of the “Preserving Life” principle: prompt action after an accident can prevent more damage and save lives. You shouldn’t be reluctant to assist someone if you can, whether they need it due to an illness or an injury.

The tension will decrease

First responders should be able to maintain their composure under pressure and assist in lowering the overall stress levels of both the injured person and any other concerned parties. In an emergency, reassurance can offer more assistance than you might anticipate and aid in decision-making.

Making a call for medical help

Make sure to contact the emergency services as soon as you can by dialing 999, either directly yourself or by asking a bystander to do so if you’re focused on treating the injuries. By doing this, you can be sure that a medical professional will be there immediately to handle the matter more thoroughly and offer more specialized treatment.

Use the appropriate remedy

You must administer first aid measures to stabilize the injured person’s condition before a medical professional arrives. This falls under the “preserve life” category and adheres to the following protocol:

  • Check for consciousness.

  • Open the airway.

  • Verify your breathing. If CPR is required, monitor the patient’s airway, breathing, and resuscitation.

  • Check for circulation.

  • Check for bleeding and control any major bleeding.

As you go through this list, there are a lot of therapies that match the many issues that could occur, such as CPR, using a tourniquet, putting a burn under cold water, etc.