First Aid Helpful

| May 18, 2015

First aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, and promote recovery.

It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such whilst awaiting an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as applying a plaster to a cut.

This was reiterated by former nurse and former councillor for Letlhakane East, Mr Donald Habana in two day workshop for first aid held at Kids Academy English Medium School in Kanye for their staff last week.

Mr Habana indicated that first aid is generally performed by a layperson, with many people trained in providing basic levels of first aid, and others willing to do so from acquired knowledge. Mental health first aid is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover mental health.

“It does not necessarily require any particular equipment or prior knowledge, and can involve improvisation with materials available at the time, often by untrained persons,” said Habana.

The first aider, he said, is also likely to be trained in dealing with injuries such as cuts, grazes or bone fracture.

“They may be able to deal with the situation in its entirety, a small adhesive bandage on a paper cut, or may be required to maintain the condition of something like a broken bone, until the next stage of definitive care awaiting an ambulance to arrive.”

He stated that first aid prevents further harm and also sometimes prevents the condition from worsening, or danger of further injury.

He noted that such includes external factors, such as moving a patient away from any cause of harm, and applying first aid techniques to prevent worsening of the condition, such as applying pressure to stop a bleed becoming dangerous. First aid, he said, also involves trying to start the recovery process, and in some cases might involve completing a treatment.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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