5 Reasons Why Basic First Aid Knowledge Is Important

People often don’t consider the importance of basic first aid education.

There are numerous reasons why people put it off.

  • They don’t have the time
  • They don’t know where to begin
  • They don’t believe that accidents will ever happen to them or those close to them
  • They think they already have enough knowledge should the need arise
  1. Helps to save lives.

A trained person is more reliable, confident, and in control of themselves when an emergency arises. People who are trained are more likely to take immediate action in an emergency situation.

  1. It allows the rescuer to provide the victim comfort.

Having someone trained in first aid can bring immediate relief to the patient. Being calm and assessing the situation helps the patient relax while their injuries are being treated and stabilized until emergency personnel arrives.

  1. It gives you tools to prevent the situation from becoming worse.

In some situations, if a patient doesn’t receive basic first aid care immediately their situation will deteriorate – often rapidly. By being able to provide basic care you can stabilize a patient until emergency medical services arrive. You’ll learn how to use basic household items as tools if a first aid kit is not available meaning that you’ll be able to cope with many situations.

You’ll also be trained in how to collect information and data about what happened and the patients’ condition. This information will be passed on to the emergency services, which saves them time – you will be a valuable link in the chain of survival.

  1. It creates confidence to care.

Having basic first aid knowledge means that you’ll be confident in your skills and abilities in relation to first aid administration. By taking first aid training, it helps you to reflect on yourself and how you and others react in certain situations. Having this understanding will boost your confidence in a wide range of non-medical day to day situations.

  1. It encourages healthy and safe living.

A trained person is better able to assess their surroundings. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well being amongst people. Having an awareness and desire to be accident-free keeps you safer and reduces the number of causalities and accidents.

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OTC Medications In The Workplace? Here’s What Your Co Workers Think…

89% of workers indicated that having OTC medications available from a nurse made it possible to complete their shift

University of Michigan Study Findings:

  • The workers surveyed reported visiting their company’s health/medical department on average 10 times per year.
  • The top four worker complaints that occurred while on the job were headaches, colds/sinus problems, muscle ache/pain, and burns.
  • 73% of those surveyed regularly experienced headaches and cold and sinus symptoms while at work.
  • More than half (55%) of those surveyed experienced muscle and joint pain at work.
  • Almost half (46%) of employees experienced cuts and burns on their skin while on the job.
  • 89% of those surveyed believed the over0the-counter medications provided by the company helped them feel well enough to complete their shifts.
  • Employees strongly agree with the statement: “I highly recommend having over-the-counter medications available to workers in other work sites that currently do not have over-the-counter medications in place.”

University of Michigan workplace study sponsored by Medique Products.

Other Facts About Lost TIme in the Workplace:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control there are 358 million work-loss days each year related to acute conditions.
  • Each year, there are more than 75 million work-loss days due to influenza.

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