What is First Aid and Why Is It Important?

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Relieve pain and discomfort was a first aider
First Aid is an important life skill. Photo via PxHere, CC0 Public Domain.
Relieve pain and discomfort was a first aider
First Aid is an important life skill. Photo via PxHere, CC0 Public Domain.

First aid is an essential skill for any human to learn because as we live our daily lives we are susceptible to a number of different illnesses and injuries. It is often at the most unexpected and most inconvenient time when an injury can occur and put us or our loved one in danger. Knowing simple first aid moves, such as CPR, how to dress a wound, and the Heimlich maneuver, can help ease someone’s discomfort and potentially save his or her life.

Being able to effectively administer first aid to those who need it is an essential life skill that more of us should have in case there ever comes a time when we need to use the skills on a loved one or a stranger. Here are a few reasons why you should be taking the time to learn some first aid this year.  

It increases your safety.

Simply put, first aid is a powerful preventative measure which is able to promote the safety and health of not only ourselves, but our loved ones and the people around us too. You could find yourself in a situation where you are in a public place and someone falls ill – and you will be the one who is able to treat the person and keep them safe until the medical services arrive to takeover. It is a powerful skill and one that forms an integral part of our society. Taking a bls certification or a quick training course can be the difference between life and death.

It can help to relieve pain and discomfort.

As well as the fact that you could be responsible for saving a life – you can also be responsible for providing a sense of calm and tranquility to those in pain. With your training, you will be able to relieve the pain of your patient by moving them in a certain way or placing pressure on a wound, and you will offer the added support of providing comfort for the person in question as they feel they are in safe hands.

It helps people to feel secure.

As said above, the simple fact of having someone who is trained in first aid and who knows what they are doing can make people feel much more secure than they did before. This sense of security can also promote relaxation of the muscles and a better sense of happiness in your environment.

It can prevent a bad situation from becoming even worse than it was before.

Even though trained first aiders aren’t medical professionals and cannot provide full treatment to people in distress, they are able contain the situation and make sure that it doesn’t get any worse than it already is.

In short, the privilege of being able to provide medical assistance in everyday situations and being in the position to save someone’s life is a rewarding life skill. It is one that not only you will benefit from, but the people around you will too.

14 COMMENTS

  1. this is a very good awareness post and it is a privilege to help – and good tips here.
    a long time ago (80s) someone was choking at a restaurant (on jello-!) and a customer jumped in and helped him (Heimlich) and it was a great example of how we never know when we could use a basic saving skill to actually help….

  2. Great post! I was thinking its time I take a course in first aid. We live in the country and I have 3 little kids. I’ve had two big scares with my 3 year old recently where he choked on a cranberry and a toy a few weeks later! Absolutely terrifying! Both times we managed to wash them down with drinking a lot of water but besides that I had no idea what to do!

  3. Hi Christy:

    Excellent advice and I have been a First Aider for years if that is the proper term. I take the course every two years as the program does change.
    Has it come in handy… Certainly, underground and even in remote areas, highways and byways on several occasions from minor scraps to full on first aid before the professionals arrive. There is something about giving comfort that warms the heart knowing that you have made a difference…

    Hugs from Alberta

  4. When young I used to scorn first aid kits but since having a child they’re with me in the car, at home, holiday cottages! The number of cuts I’ve cleaned, plastered over, the wasp bites that needed soothing as well as tick removal a couple of times! Christy, this is an important post and hopefully lots of people will take note. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. I did take First Aid and Mouth to Mouth (which is dated now) Learned how to make a splint and set a broken bone…YIKES and lots more. That was a lot of years ago, and I’ve never had to draw on it. Still, if I had to draw on it, I could certainly be of some help.
    Hahaha, thinking about it all, I even learned about sucking snake venom out of a snake bite.
    OH,and setting a tourniquet!

  6. I honestly do think First Aid is underrated. I wish I were trained more fully in it (only had taster style sessions and a basic cert from my last job 2 years or so ago). It really is one of those things that’s good to have ‘just in case’, and is incredibly useful if the situation arises where it’s needed. Great post! x

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