We may not have tackled First Aid in our NSTP-Common Module due to the lack of time but I know it should have been included in it. If you ask me why I believe so, other than it is part of the curriculum, it is also because a person’s knowledge in first aid is very important. Why so? This I will tell you why. And I might not be able to put the different actions to do in the different instances but I might at least be able to put some rules.
We might say that we are in a world in which our technology and knowledge in medicine and science is already quite advanced, but we still see a lot of people die in accidents because they were not immediately carried to the hospital. This is one of the reasons of why I see first aid as an important part of our life.
So what is First Aid? First Aid is the immediate and temporary care given to a victim of an accident or sudden illness or accident before the services of a physician is obtained. Its main purposes are to save lives, prevent futher injury, and preserve vitality and resistance to infection.
And what are the main rules in applying First Aid?
1. Don’t panic. Check first if there is still danger around and then check the victim’s responsiveness. See if the victim is concious or unconcious. If the victim is concious, ask for the details on what happened and what is wrong now. If the victim is unconcious, remember ABC. Check for his Airway, his Breathing and Circulation. Proceed to resuscitation if necessary.
2. Do not move the injured victim unless it’s completely necessary. If the move is necessary, seek for assistance and handle gently.
3. Keep the victim lying down with his head level with his feet while being examined.
4. Keep the victim warm and comfortable. Remove enough clothing to see and get a clear idea on what the extent of the victim’s injury is.
5. Examine the victim gently. Treat the most urgent injuries first and then treat the other injuries with the best of your ability.
6. Avoid allowing the victim see his win injury. Assure him that you clearly understand the situation and that proper care will be given.
7. Do not try to give solid or liquid substance by mouth to an unconciousvictimnor to a vicitm who has sustained an injury.
8. Do not touch open wounds or burns with fingers or other objects except when sterile compresses or bandages are not available and it is absolutely necessary to stop the bleeding.
9. Do not try to arouse an unconcious person.
10. Seek medical attention immediately.
Now that some of the rules are given, I will now again proceed to why knowing all of these is important. First aid is so important especially now with all of the strange infections going around everywhere. First aid is just usually meant for minor cuts and scrapes or is in reference to the first response to any kind of medical emergency. Many a times it has been seen that in case of a serious accident on road people just gather around the victim and are just mute spectators. A person is bleeding profusely or has a broken bone, it is very sad to note that no one knows what to do. Administering first aid quickly and accurately in a traumatic injury situation can make the difference between life and death. It is not always possible to get the immediate help of a doctor in case of some accident or emergency and sometimes the injured person breathes his last before the arrival of the doctor. So it is very essential that someone around should be able to give immediate help.You never know when you may be called upon to act quickly on the behalf of yourself or someone else.
Because of this, first aid is truly important. Rather first aid should be introduced as a compulsory subject at the high school level. Thus every boy and girl will come to learn how to handle and take care of an injured or sick person in case of an emergency. By doing so we can form an army of first-aiders who can come to help of an unfortunate victim instead of remaining a mere onlooker.
-Grandiehl Shyrr Enriquez