First Aid Facts
First aid is a first line of defense against injury. Even a minor cut can become a serious long-term problem if it is not properly treated soon after it is acquired. If a cut gets infected it can require extensive medical treatment and in extreme cases can even end in amputation or death. Even so, minor injuries when properly treated can be quickly forgotten.
Even major injuries benefit from swift first aid treatment. This is where the name "first" aid comes from. It is the first, basic treatment that an injury receives in an effort to minimize damage and later deleterious effects. If you meet with someone who has just been injured or suffered some sudden medical condition, it is good to know what to do to alleviate the situation. This website will give you some basic ideas for first aid treatment. The information is not comprehensive, but it should prove helpful if studied in advance, understood, and intelligently applied.
First aid, also requires at least a modicum of common sense; so apply your knowledge carefully when confronted by an emergency situation. Probably the most vital first aid procedures to know is mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compression often referred to as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The second most important procedure to know is how to clear a blocked air passageway, also known as the Heimlich Maneuver. There are many situations that can arise when first aid would be beneficial. Hostile environments such as excessive heat or cold can bring on sun stroke or frost-bite (respectively). Injuries can be internal or external.
First aid knowledge is important knowledge and a vital acquisition in many skills and trades where injuries are likely to occur, from construction and factory workers, to coaches and teachers. Perhaps it is most important in the military where people put their bodies in harm's way on a constant basis. This knowledge is handy for parents, and just about anyone. Remember, first aid isn't just for applying to someone else, you can use first aid on yourself.