First Aid Basics

Here are some basic yet important tips for applying first aid. This is not intended to place actual first aid lessons but as a reminder of best practices and to get you thinking.

Utilize your toolkit

Your toolkit could be physical or mental. Do you know basic first aid and are able to apply it? Are you a seasoned councilor and are proficient at communicating with people and making them feel at ease in an obviously stressful situation? You might be the management type who can oversee all of the tasks taking place and you may be able to identify something that still needs to be done like finding a good address to provide responding medial assistance. On a more basic level, your toolkit could include a water bottle you can provide to someone who is overheated
or to pour on a dirty wound. You may be able to provide a soft shirt or jacket for someone to rest their head as they lay on the ground. An important key is to be creative.

Battlefield tactics

This article is not intended as an all-encompassing textbook for the treatment of major trauma. However, if you find yourself in a situation where such treatment is necessary such as witnesses someone being struck by a vehicle, here are some basic tips. Call 9-1-1. Do not delay. You may be compelled to approach the area, but it may not be safe. Your friend is struck by a vehicle and as a result of the unexpected stoppage of vehicles, other vehicles swerve to avoid the confusion or are impatient and drive carelessly around the area. Also, time is a factor. You want to ensure someone who has the training and experience to provide real assistance is on their way and arrives at the scene as soon as possible. Be productive. If twelve other people are crowding around the injured person or are actually rendering aid, maybe you can be helpful in a better way than just being a spectator. Put your phone down and stop live-streaming and be an actual contributing member of society in a meaningful way. You may be able to provide traffic control. You also could be a lookout for arriving medical personnel. Just because they are provided with the closest intersection or the name of the park does not mean they will be able to instantly hone in on the injured person’s exact location.

Please stay alert and minimize risks out on the road so you are not the reason someone else can to put these tips to good use.

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