This is part 1 of a 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa Area. In this series, Donna will walk us through the importance of first aid training and give some great tips for how to get started training your workforce to perform life-saving first aid.
The human body is susceptible to injury, illness and trauma. We never know when an injury may happen to us, the people we care about or those who are around us. It is always good to have some basic knowledge to take care of critical situations, to keep it from going from bad to worse, or to assist until medical help arrives. Administering first aid to victims in the event of accidents, mishaps and illnesses during office and school hours is encouraged. One must know the basic principles of first aid and this knowledge is gained by taking a First Aid class to become certified.
Listed below are the 5 top reasons why first aid training is so important.
- Increases safety: Prevention is the basis of first aid training. We teach that it is better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well being among people. It prompts them to be more alert and safe in their surroundings. Awareness and the desire to be accident free makes you practice safe habits, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.
- Helps save lives: If a person who is trained to give first aid responds to a casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives can be saved. It is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person but a trained person is more reliable, confident and composed while in trauma situations.
- Helps relieve pain: Minor injuries require a simple solution such as applying an ice pack or a quick rub. A trip to the emergency room can be avoided if a First Aid trained person attends to the victim. The certified person can reduce and temporarily relieve the pain by performing simple procedures.
- Makes people more secure: Knowing that you can save your own life if needed or take care of the people you know during an emergency helps you relax and be more confident. This sense of security promotes a healthy and safe environment. The presence of trained people provides reassurance to the others.
- Prevents the situation from becoming worse: A trained person would know how to keep the situation from escalating. Many emergencies are progressive in nature so it is important to manage the initial signs and symptoms. A first aid certified person will provide temporary treatment which will keep the condition of the victim from deteriorating, till professional help arrives.
Knowledge of first aid instills confidence among people, their families, their colleagues and associates. Basic first aid skills are very helpful in dealing with trauma situations.
Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.
Tune in for part 2 of this series, to hear about the most common types of workplace injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent them.