What is First Aid?
First Aid is when help is given to an injured or sick person, who requires medical attention, until the Paramedics arrive. For minor injuries and conditions, applying first aid may be enough. However, for more serious and pressing injuries, first aid will not suffice but should be continued until more advanced care (Trained Doctors) becomes available.
What are the First Aid Basics?
It is important to remember that the first step in any emergency is being able to recognise that there is a problem and to be able to provide help immediately. If someone is seriously injured and you aren’t sure of what to do, call 911 and get help and remain on the line with the emergency operator as they are trained to be able to guide any individual in performing CPRover the phone, using a defibrillator.
Your First Aid Kit
Regardless of whether you are at home or at work, you always need to have immediate access to a First Aid Kit in the event that something goes wrong.
Your First Aid Kit should include the following:
- Safety pins
- Medical gloves
- CPR mouth barrier
- Arm sling
- Ear buds
- Cotton Wool
- Plasters (include a variety of sizes and shapes)
- Valoid (helps stop nausea)
- A splint
- Sharp scissors
- Antiseptic wipes
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- A blanket
- Hydrocortisone cream (1%) – this is used to treat skin bites, eczema, itches and rashes
- Acetaminophen (relives pain and reduces a fever)
- Ibuprofen (helps with inflammation)
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
- A list of emergency phone numbers
- Pain relievers (generally a paracetamol based product)
- Ice packs
Where to buy a First Aid Kit
You can purchase your own First Aid Kit from a Clicks, Dischem or a Plastic Land near you
The best way to deal with an emergency is…
Breath, Stay Calm:
As a parent, it is important that you are prepared for everything and anything, especially if you have boys!. Here are a few hints and tips to effectively handle the situation:
- In high pressure situations such as emergencies, it is imperative that you remain calm and act in a logical manor. Remaining calm also benefits the injured person and allows them to focus on their pain point and communicate properly with the Paramedics as they are in a calm and composed state.
- Take a timeout : take 10 seconds to yourself to assess, think and act. Making a rash decision could be detrimental
- Do not move an injured person – regardless if you can see the injury or not. You do not know the extent of the person’s injuries and medical history