Basic First Aid to Common Emergencies

Basic First Aid to Common Emergencies

Basic First Aid for Common Emergencies

Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. How the victim is first responded to during an accident is very crucial. In most cases, the basic first aid provided in the scenario can improve a victim’s chances for survival and recovery. Knowing the basic First Aid for common emergencies really can make a difference.

The correct response to a medical emergency is way better compared to an erroneous quick one. Some medical experts say that whatever type of response, even if it may be incorrect, is “better than none at all”.

Basic first aid

At all times, keep in mind that the very first response to accidents is always the most vital. It is important to know what needs to be done. Remember to keep shock victims covered to decrease heat loss. Attempt to stop any bleeding by applying pressure on the wound. Don’t move a victim that has a spinal injury, except if they are in further danger. Here are some basic first aid responses to common emergencies:

Unconscious Victim

If a victim is found unconscious, perform “rescue breathing”. If a victim’s heart stops beating, perform “cardiopulmonary resuscitation” or CPR if you have the proper training to do so.


This usually accompanies serious injuries or severe emotional upset. The symptoms are clammy and cold skin, chills, pale face, frequent vomiting or nausea, shallow breathing, and confusion. Until the emergency unit arrives, let the person lie down with legs elevated. Keep victim covered to stop body heat loss or prevent chilling. Give a non-alcoholic beverages if the victim can swallow or hasn’t sustained an abdominal injury.

Burns and scalds

Until medical assistance arrives, immerse burned area at once in cool or tap water, or put cool, moist, clean towels. Don’t use ice, as it can cause more damage to a burned area. Keep doing this treatment till burning or pain stops. Don’t use greases, powders, or ointments.


Until emergency assistance arrives, attempt to control the bleeding. Preferably, put on latex or rubber gloves first before touching the blood. If not available, a “clean” plastic bag may be used in covering the hands. It’s important to not get in contact with blood due to health risks.

If hand or finger pressure is not enough to stop the bleeding, put a thick pad of bandage or clean cloth directly on top of the wound, and keep it in place using a bandage, belt, cloth strips, or neckties. Be careful to not stop blood circulation to other parts.

Knowing basic first aid is very important, you can further your knowledge by taking first aid courses at organizations that provide them.

The First Aid Safety Training offers a wide range of courses that covers the majority of the basic first aid.

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Adam is the lead trainer at First Aid and Safety Training, with a background in the Military and the Police he has a wealth of first hand experience and knowledge about First Aid. If you have any questions about First Aid or our training courses, all you need to do is send us a message online or give us a call on 0191 7166601.

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