Im­me­di­ate med­i­cal as­sis­tance can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death

DRUM - - In The Classroom -

BY KNOW­ING how to help some­one in need of ur­gent med­i­cal care, you can save a life. You prob­a­bly al­ready know what first aid is – treat­ing in­jured or sick peo­ple on the spot un­til pro­fes­sional med­i­cal help ar­rives.

Let’s find out more about this skill.


First aid isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a mat­ter of life and death. It could be do­ing some­thing mi­nor, such as re­mov­ing a glass splin­ter from some­one’s fin­ger and putting a plas­ter on it. But it could also be some­thing like pro­vid­ing first aid at an ac­ci­dent scene. What­ever the sit­u­a­tion, the aim of first aid is to pre­serve life, pre­vent fur­ther in­jury or ill­ness, and pro­mote re­cov­ery – the three Ps.

The golden rule when try­ing to help some­one is to help in a safe way. Even with only a lit­tle knowl­edge of first aid you can still do the right thing, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing the in­jured, se­cur­ing the area, im­me­di­ately call­ing for med­i­cal help, ask­ing by­s­tanders to help, and pro­vid­ing as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble to am­bu­lance staff when they ar­rive.


It’s a good idea to get some knowl­edge of first aid. That way you’ll be ready to help in al­most any emer­gency.

Sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions in our coun­try sup­ply train­ing and emer­gency equip­ment once you’ve done some train­ing: S South African First Aid League firstai­, 012-644-0918, 021-948-6294 or 083-675-2720 S First Aid Academy firstaida­, 021-696-8292, 072-180-2303 or 083-496-4594 S St John Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, 086-101-7404 Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Coun­cil of South­ern S Africa re­, 011-478-3989 You can also ask at your school about learn­ing first aid, or find out from your ­lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity where you can do an ­ac­cred­ited first-aid course.

It's not just about emer­gen­cies – first aid will help you deal with the lit­tle things too.

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