5 Most Important First Aid Skills
A basic knowledge of first aid is an essential life skill that everyone should have as you never know when you will find yourself in the midst of a medical emergency where the knowledge of these skills could save someone’s life. The following list is an outline of what is in our opinion the 5 most important first aid skills to have. All of these first aid skills are taught in our First/Aid CPR course.
1) Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
This is the fallback protocol, which underlies all other first aid principles. CPR allows the rescuer to revive a person in cardiac arrest by keeping oxygen moving to their brain until help arrives or the person recovers.
2) Management of Choking
These skills allow a bystander to perform the correct techniques to clear a blocked airway. If a patient is suffering from a blockage in the upper airway he is at risk of going into respiratory arrest. Knowing the correct skills will allow you to clear the airway and allow the victim to survive only suffering a scare.
3) Management of a suspected spinal/head injury
Understanding the principles of spinal and head injuries is essential to saving lives and to prevent causing further injury. Just by partaking in a basic first aid course one will learn the correct way to deal with and handle spinal and head injuries.
4) Correct Administration of an EPIPEN or ANAPEN
Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) is a life threatening condition, which is affecting more and more Australians every year. Effective first aid is conducted through the administration of adrenaline via an auto injector such as the EPIPEN or ANAPEN. Knowing these first aid skills may make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful outcome.
5) Management of bleeding
Severe bleeding can become life threatening very quickly. By learning the first aid principles of how to control bleeding one will have the knowledge of how to save a persons life.