I’ve spent a while thinking about this, but I cannot come to any logical conclusion as to why some people possibly believe that first aid is useless or simply a waste of time…
Every time first aid comes to mind, I just imagine how many people’s lives have been saved because first aid courses and tutorials exist.
Just think, some mothers-to-be don’t have access to good medical care and some simply cannot make it to the hospital in time. Those people who eventually have to deliver these babies (instead of doctors) generally have some sort of first aid training.
What will you do if you’re stuck in a situation that requires immediate medical attention, but you have absolutely no clue what to do?
There are many first aid courses out there, all you have to do is open your eyes and look at them. Personally, I completed a first aid course through the South African First Aid League and then later followed up with a College SA Save a Child course. And both these courses have benefited me and others around me in so many ways.
You can also help out at any sort of sporting events and in emergency situations; at least you will know what the correct protocol is.
We, as humans, are fragile beings. Everyone knows that I’m not joking when I say that we can break. And we need care. And it’s the sad truth that we live in a developing country where this care isn’t always available. Thus it’s up to us to protect ourselves, our families and anyone else around us.
I feel that it’s everyone’s responsibility to at least know what to do in certain emergency situations.
You need to know how to do CPR, especially if you take care of children or have children of your own. And no, CPR is not simply blowing into a person’s mouth. You need to now that the nose has to be blocked for the air to efficiently reach the patient’s lungs; you need to know how many compressions are necessary…
Every single person needs to know what to do in case of burn wounds. When you have small children around in the kitchen, pots and pans and stoves become a safety hazards. And you need to realise that accidents do happen. And what will you do in case of an accident that involves your children?
College SA offers a short course: Save a Child First Aid. This is a short, 3 months, course, but honestly it can be completed in a much shorter period of time. This course covers all the basics of first aid, while also focussing on young children. You can find more information on this course here: http://www.collegesa.co.za/Creative-Studies/Child-Day-Care-Studies/First-Aid-Save-a-child.html
I hope I’ve inspired every single one of you to become aware of the dangers around you.