First Aid Fact and Fiction: Where to Get the Right Information

First Aid Training

How many people know how to administer the appropriate first aid? While Google can suggest plenty of ways to respond to emergency situations, there are some things you need to learn through actual training and not through some DIY video on YouTube.

Emergency training specialists sum up in three words the need for proper schooling when it comes to first aid: it saves lives.

What is “right”?

There are first aid suggestions that may do more harm than good. This can include information disseminated via the internet whether through YouTube, Facebook, or emails. Often, this information will come in the form of a successful treatment story: someone who was in grave danger and was treated with a type of home remedy and recovered with nary a scar.

Though such stories are vague if not outright questionable, some people believe they work. This can harm them more instead of doing good. With proper first aid training, you can respond to what the situation calls for until the medical professionals arrive.

Knowing who to trust

Your first line of defence may be your family physician. You can ask your doctor questions on how to deal with certain cases like burns, severe wounds, and the like. You may opt to come in for a visit, call, or send an email.

Ask your physician to discuss with you what you have read online. A licensed doctor should be able to give you, in full detail, why the remedy may work, why it may not, and why it can be dangerous to try.

Aside from your physician, each country has organisations that can provide first aid courses.

There are emergency cases that require immediate attention. The line between a life saved and lost can be slim. By knowing the appropriate action instead of relying on something you just read, you may be able to keep someone out of harm’s way.