First Aid applied properly can be the difference between life and death in many situations. Most people know very little about how to repair the human body. The extent of most people’s knowledge is to put Neosporin and a band-aid on it. For minor cuts this might be appropriate, but how do you fix a broken arm? How do you deal with a snake bite? What do you do if you are bleeding badly? How do you replenish your body’s fluids after being sick or injured? How do you take care of someone else? All of these questions are hard to answer, but with the proper training, you can become fluent in first aid.

Learning first aid is important for life in general. Whether you are a DIY mom or a combat medic, learning how to remedy simple ailments, fix minor cuts and pains, even how to deal with more serious issues can save a life when precious seconds count most. For example, in modern medicine TV commercials and doctors constantly tell people to give someone who is having a heart attack aspirin. Aspirin is a blood thinner and when a person has a heart attack aspirin can help restore blood flow to the affected area of the heart. This simple bit of knowledge can help save someone’s life. Perhaps those 5 extra seconds is all that is needed for doctors or medics to save that individual’s life.

Other than aspirin for heart attacks, learning how to fix the human body will give you a great advantage when the time comes to either save someone or to save yourself. Of course, in order to be completely ready when it comes to first aid, there are several different things you must know to be trained in. First, you do need to be certified in many different types of first aid elements such as CPR. Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, must be properly taught. It is not only a very dangerous thing to attempt even when you are properly trained. Many places throughout cities hold Red Cross CPR courses. I highly recommend taking Red Cross classes for first aid, especially CPR.

CPR is not the only dangerous part of first aid. The single most dangerous part of survival first aid is the removal of foreign objects from the body. If you or someone in your group is impaled by a stick or some object, knowing how to remove this object is essential for not causing extreme danger to your life. If you remove the object the wrong way or are not prepared to handle the consequences of removing the object. It is very dangerous and if you are not prepared or trained to handle the situation you should not touch the object.

First aid is a skill set that is essential to life, however, learning the basics is extremely complicated. First Aid should always be taken seriously. You do not have to be a combat medic, but even for a DIY-er, without proper training, you can do more harm than good. I strongly urge those who want to learn first to seek out a professional teacher to start with. Simple Red Cross courses will suffice, if you want you can take more advanced courses and increase your skillset.

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For the first aid information on this site, it is simply for informational purposes only. Please seek out professional instruction from a face to face instructor before attempting anything.