Basic First Aid

Every year many accidents occur. With some care, they can be prevented. In case an accident does happen, you can be of help if you know Basic First Aid. Read each of the following carefully, You will be able to give vital first aid if needed. Remember always to seek help from an adult IMMEDIATELY.

Do not move the casualty unnecessarily. Keep him warm. Make a diagnosis, decide the treatment and treat. Remember the ABC of first Aid: See if his airways are clear, that he is breathing, and his bold circulation is patent.

1. Respiration

If it is failing, give artificial respiration-MOUTH to MOUTH or MOUTH to NOSE.

2. Bleeding

Arrest the bleeding and protect the wound. Apply direct or indirect pressure. Cover with a dressing, apply a pad and bandage.

3. Fractures

IMMOBILISE it with a well-padded stiff support reaching the joints on either side. Apply bandages on either side of the site and at the joints on either side, support.

4. Burns and Scales

A burn is caused by dry heat and a scald by moist like steam, very hot water or oil. IMMEDIATELY cool the area with cold water for 15mins, till pain subsides. DO NOT break blisters, or apply anything on the burns. Cover and with a sterile or clean cloth, pad and bandage. Give fluids.

5. Nose Bleeding

Sit him up facing the breeze with the head slightly forward. Ask him to breath through the mouth and NOT to blow his nose. Apply a cold compress over the nose. The soft part of the nose may be pinched close with the fingers for 10mins. Cold application on the back of the neck forehead may help.

6. Animal Bites

Wash with soap and plenty of water .Loose bandage may be applied. Get quick medical aid.

7. Snake Bites

Keep patient calm. Wash with plenty of water and soap. DO NOT RUB hard. First apply a constrictive bandage on the heart side of the bite. (Not to be applied continuously for more than 20min). Do not incise or attempt to suck the wound. Get aid quickly. Try to identify the snake.

8. Fainting

Lay him down and loosen the clothing around chest and waist. Turn head to one side. The legs may be raised a little. DO NOT attempt to give any solids or liquids. On recovery a small quantity of a drink may be given and he may be allowed to sit up and move after rest.

9. General

If you are in doubt the treatment DO NOT DO anything. You may do more harm.

These are only hints. To be a good FIRST AIDER we recommend that you attend a certified First Aid training course.