What’s First Aid?
In case of an emergency, first aid is given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available.
First aid is normally performed by the layperson, with many people trained and certified in providing basic levels of first aid, and others willing to do so from acquired knowledge. Mental health for providing first aid is essential to effectively administering first aid. It is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover mental health, to assist in performing at a stable capacity in the field. Everone should make it a priority to have a first aid kit for your home, vehicles, vacations, and even on you if you can, to help ensure in case of an emergency for your self or others you could be the barrier that can hopefully delay or even stop death to help preserve and even save a precious life.
First Aid Items can range from:
- first-aid manuals
- sterile gauze pads of different sizes
- adhesive tape
- adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- elastic bandage
- a splint
- antiseptic wipes
- antibiotic ointment
- antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
- hydrocortisone cream (1%)
- acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- extra prescription medications
- sharp scissors
- safety pins
- disposable instant cold packs
- calamine lotion
- alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
- tooth preservation kit
- plastic non-latex gloves (Like, Nitrile gloves, at least 2 pairs)
- flashlight and extra batteries
- a blanket
- mouthpiece for administering CPR
- your list of emergency phone numbers
- Insta-Clots/Powder packs like, (BleedStop)
- And Many more.
Basic First Aid Kit.
Typical items found in a basic first aid kit are pain relievers, tweezers, alcohol wipes, gloves, antiseptic, medical tape, sterile gauze, insect bite swaps, triple-antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, instant cold compresses, bandage scissors, and with that bandages.
First Aid Preservation and Safety.
First aid kits need to be stored in safe places easily accessible to adults yet out of reach of children.
All Items in your first aid kits need to be checked, maintained, and kept up to date.
Some places do have rules to having and using certain first aid items permitted depending on where you’re at. So check with local guidelines to be safe. Also, some people may be allergic to some ingredients of what makes up your items so make sure to ask first if you can.
First aid law.
“Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981”, states that employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment and enough trained first aiders to help injured or ill staff.
“Good Samaritans Law”, a good samaritan in legal terms refers to someone who renders aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis. Usually, if a volunteer comes to the aid of an injured or ill person who is a stranger, the person giving the aid owes the stranger a duty of being reasonably careful.
“DNR”, If the person has a “DNR” it means, “Do Not Resuscitate”. Each state law may vary, so check to see what you can and can’t get away with.
You can get Certified in first aid online, however, the quality of first aid you learn and provide will come down to you specifically, there is a saying,” When under pressure you normally fall down to your level of training”. Yet you may still rise above and in some cases performed perfectly with experience on your belt. Some certifications, as well as jobs, may require you to go through the physical training required for it.
How to get one?
You can purchase or make your very own First Aid kit. When purchasing make sure you chose the right one for suiting all your needs and occasions. If you make your own make sure you chose the proper containers and gear for them to serve the right purpose as well as meeting the right size for storing.
It’s always great to have first aid kits that meet or exceeds ANSI and OSHA guidelines.