We may not all be doctors and nurses, but that doesn’t mean we’ll never find ourselves in a position in which we need to help someone who is sick or injured. Why not prepare for the unexpected by doing some first aid research and sharing your tips on what to do in various scenarios?
If you’re not sure what sorts of first aid advice you would like to share or which first aid subjects you should research, here are some search-friendly titles to consider: What Does it Take to be a Certified First Responder? Wilderness First Aid: A Basic Overview First Aid at Work: Essential Things to Know Senior First Aid: First Aid Tips for Assisting Elders Paediatric First Aid: Caring for Sick and Injured Children Five Essential First Aid Procedures First Aid for Poisoning: What to Do Essential First Aid Equipment How to Find First Aid Courses in Your Local Area How to Find Free First Aid Courses What is Taught in First Aid Courses? First Aid Training: Basic Lessons Covered in a First Aid Course First Aid Training 101 First Aid Kits: Essential Elements to Include
Make sure that you include links to official sources in these Hubs. If folks are reading your Hubs in the middle of an actual crisis, it’s important that you give them links to information from trusted, official sources.
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Yes, I have given first aid many, many times. I am a registered nurse, previously certified in critical care and have worked in the emergency department and as a licensed paramedic as well. I taught CPR and first aid for about 20 years and have also taught advanced cardiac life support. I have taught nursing as well as emergency medical technology in level I trauma centers.
I can offer the following tips:
1. Call for help early
2. Know when it is safe to move an accident victim and when it is not
3. Make sure the scene is safe for anyone providing first aid, including yourself
4. Keep the victim warm and calm
5. Be creative - I once ran short on splints when picking up a trauma victim as a flight nurse in Mexico and used the Wall Street Journal I found laying around as a splint
6. Carry identification on your own body in case of emergency or accident
7. If you use a service dog, carry emergency instructions for care and handling of your dog in your dog's vest/cape
8. Do not give anything to drink or eat to a trauma victim - they may need to go to surgery
9. Do not attempt to provide any care beyond your expertise
10. Take a CPR course to know how to properly perform CPR and then if the occasion arises, perform to the best of your ability as instructed and do not worry about a lawsuit
Dubuquedogtrainer, wow...impressive niche skill set! I agree with Simone, you could take exactly what you wrote here and use each numbered item as a sub topic for one heck of a hub! I know I would read it! Nice to see you in the WTI forum thread. Looking forward to your next hub...maybe on this topic? Cheers~
I SHOULD be able to come up with SOMETHING on this topic. I mean I took an EMT course in college, worked in a nursing home growing up, and I'm really, REALLY accident prone. Hmm, I'm digging through my brainiacal archives now...
How about one about what to do when you drop the metal level on your husband's head while level the cabinets or what to do when you husband slips on the snow at the grand canyon and hits his head on a rock while an Asian man is video taping the entire scene! (Yes those are true stories!)
(()) Oh my goodness, Cara! As with CC, your husband may at least require headgear! My advice, yours and CC's families should never go on vacation together, especially if bicycles and metal tools are involved! HubHugs~
I almost wrote a hub on 'what you do when you accidentally trip and head-butt your boyfriend in the face causing him a nosebleed' or 'how to cope with bruises caused by missing a stair and taking your sister down the flight with you' or 'how to explain to your mother why you and your cousins are covered in beestings after climbing the tree she forbid you to go into'
Though, please write the one about your husband slipping ... I'm intrigued and need to know more.
Cara--ssssh, you weren't supposed to tell! Oh, I'm chuckling now because I had forgotten all about that one, 'LUCY' That is like dad and the bowling ball in the ice storm or the one with him in the lumber store!
I would love to provide some assistance with this Thread.
I am practicing Field Paramedic/Supervisor in the State of Pennsylvania for the past 17 years. I am also a practicing Paramedic, EMT, CPR/First Aide, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor for the past 12 years.
I can offer some helpful tips to a layperson, or any experienced medical professional.
I would suggest that everyone take a CPR/First Aide class somewhere in their community. A lot of places now-a-days hold these classes for free. Churches, Fire Departments, and the YMCA are good sources to start. Not to mention, the time is not that extensive. At most, a CPR/First Aid class would take up about 2 hours of your day.
I agree with Dubuquedogtrainer in what she had provided in this thread.
We can not stress this enough... IS THE SCENE SAFE??? You are no good to anyone, especially for the person you are trying to assist, if your scene is not safe. What good are you, if you put yourself in harms way?
I can go on and on regarding this subject. Actually I will post Hubs on Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Basic First Aide.
My mother suffered a stroke in the worst of places. It was in the middle of a big, crowded, public room with a lot of traffic, and people were afraid to help us. But I took charge and began to bark orders until the EMT appeared. Without really thinking about it, we all know bits and pieces about stroke. But getting people to move during an emergency is even harder. When a stroke occurs, always be prepared to take charge and get this person to the hospital. You never know. You could be this person's only hope.
We never know when we will be in a position to be the one to keep things calm in an emergency situation. It helps to know what to do in case of a stroke. I read you hub and learned a lot. Very well-written with valuable information.
Last week, I had a lot of fun researching and writing for my first weekly topic inspiration, so I thought I would try it again. I'm glad I did because I learned a lot of things I didn't know about the common household chemicals in my home. While I may not be a professional medical technician, I sure feel like I know what to do in case of an emergency. Call for help! That's the first thing to do. In the meantime, I know how to check for this and that and how to keep the victim calm, assuming I (myself) remain calm. Here is the link to my findings: http://marleneb.hubpages.com/t/2fa08e
I really enjoyed your hub and its inspired me to check through our kitchen cupboards to see if everything is stored correctly and whether I need to hide anything on 'higher ground' so the dog doesn't get to it. :-)
This is a GREAT reference guide! I knew, vaguely, that there were many household cleaners and chemicals that pose potential dangers, but I didn't know any specifics and had never through through contingency plans. SO glad I read this. Thanks for doing the research and putting together the Hub!
Wow! You show that handling an emergency is like being the director of an orchestra. There is so much to know, but I like how you taught the information. One thing I know for sure is I need to update my first aid training. Thank you for your excellent hub.
I think the container of aspirin in our old First Aid Kit is enough to kill anyone. Or maybe it won't help at all. That's how old it is! You have to meet your current medical needs, too. I can't take aspirin. Haven't for years, so aspirin would be useless for me.
You're welcome, Arlene! Now that I have met you, I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to you. So, the next time you go riding a bike... helmet, please. I haven't had any personal experience, because I don't ride bikes, but, I know people who do and the ones who wear their helmets have survived the most miraculous accidents. My husband is one of them. Imagine getting a phone call from the local hospital on the day your husband rode his bike (motorcycle) to work that morning. I actually had a high school friend who was run over and did not survive a collision while riding her bicycle around town; she wasn’t wearing a helmet. So, I’m a big proponent of helmets. Sorry for putting you on the spot like that, Love.
Marlene, my husband was the passenger on a motorcycle in high school. He was wearing a helmet, but the driver hit a stump, and hubby went sailing into the brush. He has not been on a motorcycle since!
A couple of years ago, I went through a midlife crisis and found myself in the middle of a Harley-Davidson showroom. I don't even know how to drive a motorcycle, so I don't have a license. Anyway, the place shut down because of the economy. The salesman was trying to sell me a Buell because he said I was so small. I refused. I wanted a big, red soft tail. By not getting a Harley, I can picture all these lives being saved--including mine! Helmet or no helmet!
Your husband is smart.My husband got out of the hospital, got well, and got right back on the motorcycle. He likened it to the saying about getting back on the horse and getting back in the saddle. I was nervous every time he rode his motorcycle. But, now the motorcycle is sold and there is no more motorcycling.Although, he still drives a sports car and sometimes I feel like he should wear a helmet for that.
Wow, what an experience you had! This Hub is awesome- and I really love the illustrative photos you've added demonstrating the maneuver.
Might I make one recommendation? I think moving the how-to stuff to the top and the personal account to the bottom might be helpful- mostly because the personal account is longer and folks might not see all the useful-how to info right away, which might encourage them to click away before realizing just how much info is packed into the article!
I forgot all about the choking incident involving my father decades ago, but your article brought it all back in a positive way. Isn't strange how most people freeze when someone is choking? You were so lucky that you had someone there who kept calm and cool enough to take care of you. We should all know how to help someone who is choking. And this includes helping ourselves!
Right-I was very fortunate and blessed. My youngest daughter actually wrote him a thank you note for saving me! If he had not been there I would have grabbed the waiter by the throat Thank goodness it worked out the way it did.
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