The Importance of First Aid

Most injuries and sudden illnesses do not result in death, but rather result in hospitalization, treatment in an emergency department or from a general practitioner, or treatment from a first aid provider.

It is better to know first aid and not need it than to need first aid and not know it.

Everyone should be able to provide first aid, because most people will eventually find themselves in a situation requiring it for another person or themselves.

Saving lives is important, but first aid providers are more frequently called upon to provide initial care for less-severe conditions. If not properly treated, these less-severe injuries can evolve into something more serious.

The goals of first aid provider include “preserving life, alleviating suffering, preventing further illness or injury, and promoting recovery.”

First aid does not take the place of proper medical care. However, in many cases, medical care is unnecessary and the ill or injured person will safely recover.

First aid competencies include:

  • Recognizing, assessing, and prioritizing the need for first aid.
  • Providing care by using appropriate knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
  • Recognizing limitations and seeking additional care when needed.

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Source: ECSI First Aid, CPR, and AED Standard Seventh Edition