First aid, essentially, is the administration of urgent medical care to an injured or sick individual. Naturally, first aid can apply to a wide range of medical situations. It consists, too, of having specific knowledge, relative to the treatment of an injury or illness as well as the ability to assess a situation and making the appropriate decision. It also consists of having the proper medical supplies on hand to administer first aid. Thus, the key element of all first aid is being prepared.
First Aid: Being Prepared
Preparation and planning for first aid may seem overwhelming if you've never thought about it before. Homeowners who have elderly family members or loved ones with special needs, and living with them, need to make additional preparations. Likewise for those who live in a geographical area where a natural disaster is more likely to happen, they will need to consider the extra steps necessary to be fully prepared too.
For you to be adequately prepared, each of these important factors as well as any other household-specific conditions need to be considered when putting together a proper First Aid Kit
for home use. Other things to be considered would be a knowing proper CPR from a CPR class that you have taken or just having a cell phone. These little things can make a big difference in being prepared for administering first aid.
And regardless of what level your first aid preparedness or training is, if you are presented with a medical emergency, call 911 as soon as possible, especially if the emergency is beyond your abilities to provide proper first aid.
Have a First Aid Kit
A First Aid Kit
is critical to you and your family when dealing with a minor injury or during a medical emergency. As a matter of fact, emergency room physicians recommend that every home be equipped with at least a basic first aid kit to handle common household injuries. So if all of your preventative measures fail, and an accident does happen, then having a first aid kit in the home is your next best way of protecting your loved ones. Remember to tailor it to you and your family's unique needs so that you are adequately prepared for a medical emergency.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the minimal household first aid kit should include these basic items:
Non-prescription drugs such as:
**If someone in your household has a life-threatening allergy, carry the appropriate medication with you at all times!**
Source: FEMA - First Aid Kit
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