First Aid Tips You’ll Actually Use at Home
Thousands of people get seriously injured in Australia within their homes every year. Some of these home accidents even cause lives.
Different types of accidents and hazards can happen in our day to day lives and whether it is a little scratch or a life-threatening emergency, learning basic first aid tips is proven useful for every member of the household. Everyone should learn basic first aid tips that can save lives in case of emergencies.
Small accidents are fairly common in Australian homes. We can prevent many deaths and lifelong disabilities with a little awareness of home first aid.
What is First Aid?
First aid is the first, efficient, and prompt response to anyone suffering from minor or major illnesses or injuries. The aim of first aid response to provide care in emergencies in order to preserve life and prevent the existing condition from deteriorating. First aid also plays a huge role in promoting recovery.
In other words, first aid is the initial intrusion in a medical condition prior to the availability of professional help.
A quick primer on basic first aid procedure can help get you through a home emergency, at least until the paramedics arrive or until you can get access to medical treatment.
The following first aid tips are recommended by First Aid Pro.
Basic First Aid for Cardiac Arrest
If a person in your home is suspected of being in cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be the most important medical procedure of all. In a cardiac arrest emergency, the person’s heart is no longer pumping blood and there is a high chance that a person may not survive if no first aid is applied.
Performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) could save a life.
First Aid for Suspected Cardiac Arrest
Command someone to call triple zero (000)
Immediately start chest compressions. Compress hard and fast in the chest area, allowing recoil in between compressions.
If you are trained in first aid, use the combination of chest compression and rescue breathing.
A defibrillator or AED should be applied and used. Ask bystanders to find one while you are performing chest compressions.
Basic First Aid for Bleeding
Luckily, almost all bleeding can be controlled. While mild bleeding usually stops on its own, severe bleeding can cause shock and eventually death if left untreated. Here are steps you can take when someone in the family got injured and has uncontrolled bleeding.
First Aid for Bleeding
Cover the wound using a gauze pad or a clean cloth
Apply direct pressure on the wound area in an attempt to stop the blood flow.
Do not remove the cloth and add more layers if necessary. The cloth will then help the clots stop the blood flow.
According to the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines , the use of elevation and pressure points certainly help in stopping the bleed in an emergency.