Think of all those times we fell off a bicycle while learning to ride. After quickly cleaning the wound and applying pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding, we got right back on and resumed practice. From small cuts to strokes, initial help at the time of occurrence can make a difference.
First-Aid is the help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available. First-Aid not only saves lives but also reduces the recovery period as the intensity of the condition is minimised. During instances in which the medical treatment is delayed, giving first-aid ensures that the injury or sickness does not worsen. Being trained in first-aid equips people to help others and sometimes even themselves. Living in an unsure and busy world, everyone is bound to come across upon people who require medical attention and thus, first-aid becomes an immediate necessity.
The Redcross society is an international voluntary humanitarian organisation to protect human life and health. In their archives is the anecdote of Sam Hilton, an American who, on her way back home from work, found a profusely bleeding man lying by the road. Sam recognised the man as one of her neighbours and immediately called for the ambulance. Trained in providing first-aid, she rolled him on his side, tilted his neck back and used her hoody to apply pressure on the wound. The man was soon taken to the hospital and later thanked Sam by presenting a new hoody. As is apparent from this real-life first-aid story, even ordinary items can prove to be life-savers when used appropriately.
First-aid help is commonly given for cuts/scrapes, burn, insect bite/sting, splinter, sunburn, nosebleed, sprains, strains, tears, fractures, choking and so on. For most of these, the tools in a first-aid kit should come handy – plasters, anti-septic cream, triangular bandages, crepe-rolled bandages, digital thermometer, cough medicine, eye wash and eye bath etc. Although these can be referred to as minor medical situations, there are conditions that require major procedures. One of them is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, shortened as CPR. This is the widely popular first aid done for victims of sudden cardiac arrest and some forms of arrhythmia.
First aid rooms or medical rooms are established in schools, where someone who is injured or taken ill on the premises is given the initial medical help. St. Andrews School has well-equipped medical rooms across the campuses with trained medical professionals to provide necessary first-aid to the students in times of emergency. A number of comfortable beds are made available for boys and girls separately under the supervision of qualified medical in-charges. A unique feature of St. Andrews School that places it a notch over the other schools in the twin cities is the ambulance service for the students. In cases of emergencies where they require immediate medical treatment, students are taken to the nearest hospitals in these ambulances.
Training on first-aid can come handy in any circumstance, be it with friends or family, neighbor or a stranger. In place of helplessness, a timely act often proves to be crucial. Be aware and act.