Calling 911 at first for a victim of sudden loss of breadth or an accident might not be the most important step to save the victim’s life. When alone with the victim, it might be best to administer some life saving skills which of course can be learned from any First Aid and CPR Course before calling 911 otherwise you should instruct anyone else around make the call while you administer your lifesaving skills on the victim before a medical profession can take over.
This article describes few basic and crucial steps that are taught in First Aid and CPR Courses to save lives. An action taking in few minutes could just be what will save a victim’s life. Hence, it is necessary to learn the basics and know what is involved before taking the course.
It is very important to take some precautions before attending to a victim in need of emergency medical attention. First is to be very calm when you are in the position to administer CPR or First Aid to a victim. Next is to note some very important things you should not do.
- Try not to leave the victim alone
- Do not give the victim water
- Do not try to calm the victim by throwing water on the victim
- Do not try to make the victim sit or move the victim
To be able to administer emergency medical care on a victim it is necessary to have a complete First Aid kit is a must have; at home, in the car, at the workplace, on camping trips and so on. Here are a few basic things that must be in it:
- Different sizes of sterile adhesive bandages
- At least a pair of scissors
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Some needles
- Some ace bandages
- Some Tweezers
- Different sizes sterile gauze pads
- At least an ice pack
- Some aspirin
- A sunscreen
- Some latex gloves and face mask
- Some antibiotic ointment
- Antibacterial soap
- Different sizes of safety pin
- Some petroleum jelly
- Tongue blades
- A thermometer and
- Moist towel
Just before you begin to make an effort to save the victim, you need to check the victim responsiveness. It is important to check if the victim has sustained a spinal or neck injury because a victim who has should not be moved. If the victim did not sustain any neck or spinal injury, you should try to call out on the victim or shake the victim to see if there is any response. At this point you want to check if there is any pulse. During all this, you should have tried to call 911. It’s easy to check for a pulse, you can simply check if the victim’s heart is beating and if not, it is time to start compression, a step in CPR.
Saving a life is by far the heroic and humanitarian act any human can achieve. Though acquiring the skills to do it might be challenging, it is all worth the effort to take First Aid and CPR Courses.