The First Aid is defined as an “immediate care given to a person who has been injured, or who has become ill prior to the arrival of qualified medical assistance”. This normally includes techniques like Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), applying pressure to alleviate excessive bleeding, putting up bandages or support to injured body parts, cleaning cuts and wounds, etc. It can also be as simple as calming an injured person and holding their arms.
There is no certainties in life and danger is inevitable. It can happen anytime, anywhere! That is why organizations should be prepared for any accident, injuries or even for life threatening situations. One of the best ways possible to keep you equipped in times of need is having first aid skills through training.
It should be noted that employer has a duty to provide appropriate first aid services for his employees and having someone who is knowledgeable in first aid is a must. In most workplaces, a number of personnel should be trained to a higher standard so that they can be considered as ‘first aiders’. This is to allow an immediate emergency medical response to foreseeable injuries that might occur in the workplace.
First aid skills might not be an absolute and an expert way of treating injuries and alleviating risks, however, it is still an important knowledge that may save or at least extend the lives of many as the needs arise. Many people in the workplaces suffer from heart attacks, loss of consciousness, severe wounds, burns and even drowning, etc., almost every day. Being knowledgeable of the risks and the ways to give temporary relief to the person at stake through First Aid is very significant.
It should be remembered that when first aid is done properly, first aid treatment can preserve life, prevent further injury and promote recovery. However, if it is not properly administered within minutes following an accident or injury, the consequences can be fatal.