Recalling Some Important First Aid Advice

Certain types of first aid advice are directed at those who might be at the scene of a particular type of accident. Those people who take a Red Cross life-saving course read a manual with information on first aid care for drowning victims. They also learn about how to aid someone who has fallen through the ice. The writer of the following article recalls reading such directed information. The writer never did need to use the advice that she read or heard. Still, the writer has not forgotten that written and spoken advice. Moreover, she has chosen to share that advice with those who take the time to read the following article.

More than 45 years ago, the leader of one Girl Scout troop in Pennsylvania looked for someone who was qualified to address her Scouts. She wanted someone who could provide the Scouts with vital first aid advice. The writer of this article was among the Girl Scouts who listened to that first aid advice.

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The woman who spoke to that Pennsylvania Scout troop chose to begin her talk with a focus on the most immediate needs of the typical accident victim. Her first aid advice underlined the importance of care that is directed at a victim’s expected and immediate needs. Just what were those needs?

The woman, who spoke to those young Scouts, appreciated the frequency with which any accident victim might suffer from a substantial amount of bleeding. The Scouts were told that someone who delivers first aid care must work quickly to stop the flow of blood coming from the injured victim. The Scouts also heard about how the application of pressure facilitates the blockage of a damaging blood flow.

The speaker did not feel content to do no more than stress the importance of putting pressure on a bleeding wound. The speaker also took the time to illustrate a couple different ways by which someone offering first aid care can create a tool for the application of pressure. She showed the Scouts how to make a tourniquet.

Having provided her audience with that valuable first aid advice, the Scouts’ guest speaker next turned her attention to a second health condition, a condition that the giver of first aid care needs to anticipate. That is the condition described as shock. An injured victim often goes into shock. The person providing first aid care to an injured victim must be ready to deal with shock-associated symptoms.

That afternoon, those Scouts heard first aid advice that showed an awareness of the primary function of first aid care. Such care is intended to keep an accident victim safe until professional medical help can arrive at the scene of the accident. The Scouts learned that wisdom rules out the moving of an accident victim, unless the victim is not safe at his or her original location.

When a speaker can provide an audience with well-founded advice on first aid care, then the speaker can expect the viewing of accident coverage to aid the recall of that advice. While viewing the coverage of an accident, a TV viewer might note that the victim has been covered with a blanket—a way to aid recovery from shock.

The observant TV viewer might also note that the victim remained at the sight of the accident, until skilled medical professionals came on scene, and proceeded to move that same victim.