When an emergency occurs, whether it is a cardiac arrest, a fall, a natural disaster or a violent incident in the workplace or in the public, providing immediate and effective first aid to those who have been injured may reduce the severity of the injury or illness and promote recovery. In some instances, this could mean the difference between life and death.
The first four minutes are the most crucial in saving a life and determines the rate and duration of recovery and avoiding significant impairments later in life
There are three main aims of first aid:
- Preserve life: Your first aim is to preserve life by carrying out emergency first aid procedures (for example, opening a casualty’s airway or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
- Prevent deterioration: Secondly, you should attempt to prevent the casualty’s condition from deteriorating further. This could include asking them to stay still to prevent movement of possible fractures.
- Promote recovery: Finally, you can promote recovery by arranging prompt emergency medical help. In addition, simple first aid can significantly affect the long-term recovery of an injury.
First Aid knowledge is invaluable for both individuals, the workplace and the community. It enables people to assist persons who become injured in the event of an accident or emergency until help arrives.
In the workplace, it is important that employers/managers determine the requirements of the first aid program, to be mindful of the work environment and work processes that could cause illness or injury to employees. What types of accidents could reasonably occur in your workplace? Consider such things as falls, hazardous machinery, exposure to harmful substances or acts of violence.
Often, knowledge of first aid promotes the sense of safety and wellbeing amongst people, prompting them to be more alert and safe in the surroundings they dwell in. Awareness and desire to be accident free keeps you more safe and secure, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.
Nowadays, security officers are around us every day, they are in our workplaces, schools, sporting stadiums and stores, often they are the first people to be called upon to respond to a first aid incident. And when these individuals are well trained, they are positioned to step in and save lives.
While it is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person, a trained person is more reliable, confident and in control of himself and his actions while in trauma situations.
If an accident happens in the workplace, in your home or in a public space, being a helpless witness to an emergency situation can potentially worsen the situation. Therefore, it is very important for as many people as possible to have at least a basic knowledge of First Aid.