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Crucial First Aid Tips

Bad stuff happens. It’s really as simple as that. Emergency situations occur all the time and because the likelihood that one will occur in front of you is high, you should have basic first-aid knowledge in order to know how to prevent the emergency from escalating, know how to handle it.

  1. Be prepared – prepare fully-stocked first-aid kits and place them in conveniently locations around your home, car, and bag.
  2. How to treat a burn – how to treat a burn depends on the size and location of the particular burn. First and second degree burns can be treated by running it under cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes and covering it with a loose gauze pad. Never apply ointments or ice because it may cause a reaction. If the burn is third degree, call for professional help immediately.
  3. How to treat a cut – to stop excessive bleeding apply deep pressure to the wound. If you are able to get the bleeding under control, clean the cut with water and apply a bandage. If it looks infected or the bleeding continues, seek medical assistance.
  4. How to treat frostbite – first, get out of the cold and change into dry, warm clothes. Place the area with frostbite into a warm water bath. Do not rub the area. When sensation returns wrap in dry ace bandage or gauze. If hypothermia occurs, seek medical assistance.
  5. How to treat over heating – warning signs include nausea, dizziness, headaches, etc. get the person suffering into a cool area in front of a fan or cold water and drink plenty of water.
  6. How to help someone choking – recognize signs of chocking like difficulty breathing or coughing. In this case the Heimlich maneuver is usually the best tactic to perform.
  7. How to help someone having a stroke – stroke symptoms include face drooping, arm numbness or difficulty speaking. If you see any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

First aid safety guidelines are crucial in life or death situations. No matter how minor an injury may be, proper handling can be greatly beneficial. Apply the above-mentioned tips into your life today.