It is an important day to acknowledge the role of first aid awareness, training and practical application in making a real difference to people’s lives.
First aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such as performing CPR while awaiting an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as applying a plaster to a cut. First aid is generally performed by someone with basic medical training. Mental health first aid is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover mental health.
Requesting anonymity, a volunteer from NGO called, Alert – which works in the area of providing, said, “First respondents play vital role in saving lives of people, but it is important to train people on it. In schools, there should be dedicated training for children. Our NGO conducts mock drills to create awareness in public. If we look at the deaths that happen because of road accidents in India, we will understand the need to train people on first aid in India.”
Dr Abhijeet Lodha, physician from Ruby Hall, Pune said, “Certain skills are considered essential to the provision of first aid and are taught ubiquitously. Particularly the ‘ABC’s of first aid, which focus on critical life-saving intervention, must be rendered before treatment of less serious injuries. ABC stands for Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. It is needed to train more people on first aid techniques.”