Do you like to think of yourself as a prepared mom? While you might have the bedtime routine and meals down to a tee, you also need to consider what might happen in a worst-case scenario. Can you perform some basic first aid? This could benefit so much more than your family; you never know when one of these skills could benefit a member of the public. Here are three first-aid practices you should familiarize yourself with.
While CPR can be used in an emergency, the common advice is now to check whether or not the patient requires defibrillation. Instead of having a medical expert perform this, more members of the public are being trained to handle an automated external defibrillator. You can find more and more shops and restaurants stocking an AED device so one is on hand if need be.
Learning how to use an AED defibrillator could save someone’s life. You can easily take a course to ensure that you know everything you need before you buy a defibrillator for your home, if this is something you are thinking about. Keeping one at home with the other items in your first aid kit might also be a smart move to ensure that you are even able to help out visitors or neighbors in addition to your own family.
Choking can be a terrifying experience for anyone. You need to look up how to perform the Heimlich maneuver as it might be just the thing that could save someone’s life. There is a right way and a wrong way to perform the Heimlich and it is not as easy as people think.
If you have pets or small children, make sure you look up how to help them. Performing the Heimlich on them is going to be extremely different compared to a choking adult. Whether it is a baby or a beloved family pet, make sure you know how to stop them from choking.
Most people have a rough idea of how to stop excessive bleeding but they forget it when an event actually happens. You need to make sure that you know exactly how to deal with excessive bleeding. This is going to change massively depending on the nature of the wound and where it is located. For example, head wounds tend to bleed quite a bit so even a not-so-serious head wound could bleed more than a hand-wound that is actually deeper than you might think.
Sign up for a basic First Aid course. They will be able to give you all the knowledge you need to tackle something that might happen.
Everyone should have a basic knowledge of First Aid as you can never know when it might come in handy. There are so many simple tips and tricks you could learn that could be key in saving someone’s life. As a protective mom, you need to make sure that all that power and knowledge is on your side. Take the time to learn about these types of First Aid; even if you never use them you won’t regret it.