Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Basic First Aid Skills Everyone Needs To Know

We've already talked about the basic self defense skills that everyone needs to know.

Now it's time to talk about basic first aid that can save not only other people, but you.

It is always beneficial to invest your time and energy into completing a first aid course as they can always teach you more than the internet can and they can offer you hands on experience. I know
some basic first aid from primary school but everyone can always learn more when it comes to saving someone's life, whether that be your own or another's.

Here are some techniques and tips that can help to teach you basic first aid skills.

- Heart attacks. These are by far the scariest thing to face when you're all alone. But did you know you can save yourself? You can save yourself by coughing repeatedly and vigorously. For this to work, you have to take a deep breath before every cough, and these coughs should be deep and prolonged and repeated every two seconds until help arrives or until your heart starts beating normally. When someone else is having a heart attack however, you need to call for an ambulance right away. After you've done that, you need to get the person into a comfortable position and maybe try getting them to breathe deeply and cough.Chewing an aspirin can also help the person whilst dealing with a heart attack.

- Burns. The first thing to always to with a burn is to run it under cold water. However, there are a few different things you can do. For example putting sugar on a burnt tongue can cure it, mustard can also cure burns and take away the redness, and simply touching your wound can alleviate pain.

- Unconsciousness. What if someone's unconscious? There are a few things you can do to wake them up, the first being to talk to them. If talking doesn't work then try tickling the palms of their hand or the soles of their feet. If they don't wake up then you need to check if they're still breathing. If they are, then give them 5 minutes to wake up, if they don't then call for help. If they're not breathing, you'll need to perform CPR, here's a very good guide by the NHS.

- Choking. Choking is terrifying. If the person choking can talk, then just call an ambulance and suggest that they try coughing to lodge the item. However if they can't talk and they are holding their throat, you will need to step in. Get someone to call an ambulance and perform the Heimlich Maneuver. You can find out how to here.

- Shock. It's hard to know what to do when someone's in shock but your best bets are to lay them down with their feet elevated, keep them warm with a blanket and do not feed them or give them something to drink.

- The recovery position. Perhaps something everyone should know how to do is the recovery position. You can find out how to put someone in that position here.

- Diabetics. In a diabetic emergency, give the person something sweet to eat or drink.

- Cuts. Put sugar on a cut and it'll reduce the pain and speed up the healing process.

- Paper cuts. You can heal paper cuts and stop the pain with a chopstick.

You can find more fast first aid help and tips here.

In an emergency always call the emergency services first. Make sure to not put yourself in any danger. If you're not sure what to do, then leave it to the professionals.

What are some first aid hacks that you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments below and don't forget to share and save a life!

1 comment:

  1. So useful, thank you! Especially loving the cough/heart attack tip, amazing! x


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