First aid is an essential skill all your family member should learn. Simple first aid can help to prevent terrible complications and other problems when someone sustains an injury or encounters an emergency situation.
The whole family should know several of these first aid techniques.
How to Stop Bleeding
One of the most important first aid techniques everyone should know is how to stop bleeding. A human being can lose a huge amount of blood in just a few minutes. Learn how to stop bleeding by applying pressure, using gauze, and creating a tourniquet in certain emergencies. This vital skill could potentially save the life of someone who has sustained a serious laceration.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Another necessary skill is CPR. This first aid technique could become necessary if a person has a heart attack, if the person is injured and the heart stops, or if there is another type of accident. CPR is actually a simple process that involves compressions, airway clearing, and breathing. This is represented by the acronym CAB. Adults and children should learn CPR through an official class and be certified.
Setting a Broken or Fractured Bone
It is important to understand what to do if someone fractures or breaks a bone. Go over the correct techniques for immobilizing the injured area and setting the bone in question, especially if you’ll be in a remote location like camping or hiking. This can involve using makeshift tools to ensure that the bone is held firmly in place until medical attention is available.
Helping Drowning Victims
There can be a risk of drowning any time your family is playing near water. This includes beaches, lakes and pools. Your family should know the correct way to help a drowning victim and learn how to swim. Safety lessons should also involve the right steps to move and resuscitate the person once out of the water. Aquatic management services like USA Management can even set up “kids safe” lessons to help children learn basic skills to stop from drowning.
Performing the Heimlich Maneuver
Everyone in your family should know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver to stop another’s choking. This technique used to safely stop a person from choking on obstructions in the airway. Even children can perform the Heimlich maneuver in an emergency. Make sure everyone is taught this critical first aid skill and knows what to do if it is an infant instead of a fully grown child.
You don’t want to rely solely on ambulances and first responders for help in an emergency. Someone in your family might have to act fast in order to save the life of another person. Teaching these first aid techniques will help you to make certain everyone is prepared for any type of emergency.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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