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Why Knowing First Aid is Vital to Self and Family

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By Elliot Caleira

The Importance of First Aid
Life can definitely feel overwhelming at times with the massive amount of information that one has to learn about self, the environment of self, and means of interacting with the world and other people. However, of all that is learned in life, some information is much more valuable to the existence of life itself like knowing first aid. Being well-informed about how to provide emergency care to the sick and injured is extremely vital knowledge due to the fact that first aid applications can help prevent extensive injuries and save lives.

Accidents randomly occur and in so saying, no one knows when or if they will be involved in a life-threatening situation. More importantly, if you have a family, there are several reasons why you should feel obliged to learn about first aid to not only help yourself, but to help your family as well.

Emergency First Response
Knowing first aid means being equipped with potentially life-saving skills to assist self and others in an emergency. Sometimes, when someone is immediately stricken by an illness or an injury, the severity of the condition does not permit them the time to wait for the paramedics or be driven to the hospital for treatment and they need assistance right way. Just by knowing how to provide CPR or bandage a wound you could save someone’s life. According to statistics, nearly 70% of the people who suffer from a heart attack usually end up dying because they lacked the immediate assistance of a first responder and failed to make it to a hospital. Certainly, knowing first aid entails being able to provide cardiac life support and the receipt and maintenance of one’s ACLS renewal can assure that another preventable death is avoided.

Saving a Loved One
Possessing the ability to alleviate the pain and suffering of a loved one should be more than enough reason to want to learn how to administer first aid. Every year in the U.S., it is estimated that about 800,000 children have to be admitted to hospitals due to accidental poisonings and another 2.8 million due to dog bites. Nevertheless, when it comes to sustaining injuries within the home, the elderly are the most susceptible to receiving injuries from falls in which every 11 seconds the elderly have to be treated at the hospital for falls and every 19 minutes the elderly unfortunately die from such injuries. Learn about the many benefits that knowing first aid can provide and be the comforting help that your family can depend on should an unexpected emergency occurs.

Emergency Anxiety Relief
It is quite common for many people to feel overwhelmed and panic while in the midst of an emergency because they lack the ability to provide help for themselves and other people. This feeling of helplessness ultimately brings on the feeling of fear and this in turn does nothing but prolong the need for treatment. Rather than become that individual who is full of stress and doubt in a time of need, gain the confidence in knowing what to do by learning how to apply first aid techniques and relieve yourself of anxiety.

Prepare Yourself
Today, more than ever, the accessibility to vast amounts of useful information is readily available; yet, so many people fail to take advantage of the opportunity to educate themselves. Indeed, first aid is vital to the extension of life, but it does no good as a reference for life-saving techniques if the skills aren’t learned. From this day forward, consider making it your priority to be well-informed about first aid applications to ensure the quality of life for both yourself and your loved ones.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.
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