Call it troubles, or calamities or unforeseen incidents, when any one of them strikes us and we are wounded physically then lo behold we only have to attend to ourselves, by either visiting the doctor or helping ourselves with the First Aid Kit. First Aid usually is the first option or the initial remedy to any kind of illness or physical injury. First Aid kit is available at all places whether it is a school, a playground, home or an office. Let’s quickly skim through the earlier phases of first aid invention:
During the earlier times i.e in the 11th century the religious knights performed the first aid called the Knights Hospitaller. They are the ones who use to assist and take care of knights and pilgrims, in addition to imparting training to other knights in how to give treatment to usual battlefield wounds or injuries. The most popular amongst people or the renowned organizations as we call it are the Red Cross which was founded in 1863, the St. John Ambulance which was formed in 1877 and of course the American Red Cross in 1881, all these amazing organizations were conceptualized and built with a strong foundation of ethical principles and values of the great Knights Hospitaller.
The main objective of the First Aid can be summarized in 3 main areas:-
* Save life: The main focus of medical assistance is to save life.
* Prevent deterioration of health: Providing the right medical assistance immediately ensures that the health does not deteriorate further and the condition does not get worsened.
* Enhances speed of recovery: Proper and timely medical assistance ensures that the wound healing happens faster to cite an example applying plaster on a wound immediately will start the healing process spontaneously.
Typically people would purchase First Aid kit from any superstore or pharmacy. The entire kit comprises of the following items; scissors, cloth tape adhesive ones, cloth and adhesive bandages, packs of ointments, wipes antiseptic ones, space blanket, compressing dressings, gauze pads, gauze gloves, tweezers etc. It is but obvious that each standard medical First Aid kit will be different and will vary as per the price and the size of the kit and the price of each item will be different.
Usually these First Aid kits can be easily accessed by the people and it is so user friendly that people are provided tools along with the first aid kit which assists in administering them in case of injury or use these tools and assist people who have suffered injuries like scratches, surface cuts, splinters, grazes and many more. There is another variant of First Aid which is called as Emergency First Aid. This kind of First Aid is administered by a qualified individual who has the knowledge and the required tools to take necessary actions in an emergency situation. It is highly recommended for most of the people to stay calm and call 911.
Training for Emergency First Aid can be imparted by the renowned organizations mentioned above besides the American Heart Association and National Safety Council. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA recommends important aspects in training for emergency aid are administration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), splinting a broken bone, controlling bleeding and clearing airway passages.
Emergency First Aid has always been a boon to people as it assists in timely and corrective help even if the ambulance does not arrive on time. Appropriate qualified personnel can administer the patient and at least ensure that the patient’s health does not deteriorate till he/she is taken to the hospital.