Saturday, March 29, 2014

10 Simple First Aid Skills

Everyone should have some basic first aid knowledge as you never know when disaster will strike and YOU will be the one needing to dispatch first aid to someone in need.  Here's 10 simple skills to brush up on:

  1. How to call 911.  Even small children can learn this valuable skill.
  2. How to build a well-stocked first aid kit.  Check this kit regularly to make sure supplies haven't been pilfered.  Also be sure to add any items that you use regularly (extra prescription meds, glucose tabs, Epi-Pen, etc).
  3. How to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.  You never know when you will be enjoying a nice meal out and the person next to you starts choking.  Know how to handle this kind of situation.
  4. How to perform CPR.  Another vital, life-saving skill to know.
  5. How to use an AED.  While CPR is good, for someone whose heart has stopped, having an AED on hand and the skills necessary to use it can truly be a lifesaver.
  6. How to stop bleeding.  All bleeding stops...eventually.  Or so the saying goes.  You want to make this process as fast and efficient as possible by knowing a few simple skills for stopping bleeding quickly.
  7. How to treat for shock.  When someone goes into shock, know what to do to help them out.
  8. Treat environmental emergencies.  Whether it is hypothermia, heat stroke, or altitude sickness, you want to learn how to deal with these common environmental illnesses.
  9. Treat common medical problems.  There are a number of medical maladies that are pretty common in this day and age.  Know how to treat the following problems: low blood sugar (diabetes issue),  allergic reaction, and dehydration.
  10. How to treat common illnesses at home.  Grandma's treatment for many illnesses included copious amounts of chicken soup and a variety of herbal teas.  There are many simple medical issues that can usually be treated at home with a bit of knowledge.
Remember, if in doubt or if the situation is serious, don't hesitate to call 911 for help or additional information.

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