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Being prepared for any emergency is one of the key elements to delivering first aid. Providing first aid is the act of giving assistance to a person suffering an injury or illness in need of urgent medical assistance. First aid can apply to a range of medical situations, consist of having specific knowledge and skills, and the ability to make appropriate decisions. Broadly speaking, the three components to remember when providing first aid are to preserve life, prevent further harm and promote recovery.
In a time of an emergency, you don’t want to be fumbling around looking for your first aid supplies. Try and keep those essential items together in a first aid kit, and consider having have more than one. This means whether you are at home, on the road or out at sea, you are prepared for any emergency. Ensure your first aid kit is well stocked. Keep supplies like crepe bandages, cotton gauze and eye pads in stock. An icepack and emergency space blanket will prove invaluable while a pair of disposable plastic gloves will help you remain protected if conducting emergency first aid. Sometimes the smallest things like safety pins, alcohol swabs, insect bite relief and scissors can become the most difficult to locate when you really need them so remember to regularly check your kit and replace supplies.
While you can organise your own kit, first aid training organisations like First Aid Management are a good place to buy an all purpose first aid kit. If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, fires or earthquakes, be prepared by enrolling in a first aid training course. And keep those skills up-to-date as first aid can potentially save a life in an emergency.
SITE: First Aid Management delivers fully accredited, flexible first aid training for individuals and organisations.
BIO: Danielle is a freelance writer who enjoys crafts, and travelling overseas where she learnt the value of a good first aid kit.