Misconceptions about First Aid

According to the latest figures released by the government, from 2002, about 2.7 million people went to A&E (Accident and Emergency) in the UK because of an accident that occurred in their homes. 910,000 of these were aged under 16. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2004, almost 4,000 people in Wales and England died because of accidents that occurred in or around their homes.

This means that it is more likely that the knowledge of the basic first aid will help you to save the lives of your loved ones rather than the lives of strangers. So it is better to know what to do in case of home accidents because it will allow you to react rapidly.

Sometimes a mere blocked airway can take a person’s life, if not treated within time. It takes just about three to four minutes for a person to die of a blocked airway. During this amount of time, it is quite impossible for an ambulance to arrive; they usually arrive in more than eight minutes. This boils down to the point that every individual must know about basic first aid in order to save lives of people. Sometimes these people can be your own near and dear ones. Sometimes the first aid can help a person to save his own life too.

Top 10 First Aid Misconceptions
Now that you know how important it is to know about first aid, you must also clear your mind of misconceptions that surround it. We help you do so by presenting the below mentioned information.

Misconception 1 – You must apply cream or butter on a burn
Keep the butter for cooking. The only thing you should apply on burns is cold water. Hold the burnt area under cold running water for ten minutes for relief.

Misconception 2 – If you can move the arms and legs then they cannot be broken. Or if you cannot move them then they must be broken.
X-ray is the only accurate way to diagnose broken limbs. Without an x-ray, you cannot be sure. If you fear a broken bone, then try to support the bone with a cushion or clothing to prevent movement that can severe the injury. Call the emergency services as soon as possible.

Misconception 3 – You should treat bleeding by putting the wound under running water.
By holding a bleeding wound under running water, you wash away the natural clotting agents of the body. This makes it bleed more. You must instead apply pressure on the wound to slow down or completely stop the flow of blood. Call the emergency services and wait till they arrive. Meanwhile, keep applying pressure on the wound.

Misconception 4 – Nose bleeding is best treated by holding the head back.
By holding the head back when the nose is bleeding, you drive all the blood back of the air passage. Instead you must tilt the head of the victim forward and ask him to pinch the end of his nose and breathe through his mouth.

Misconception 5 – If you perform chest compression on a person whose heart is beating, then you can damage their heart.
Sometimes in emergency situations, it is difficult for non-medics to assess whether a casualty’s heart is beating or not. In such cases, although the heart of the person is beating, it is not dangerous to do CPR on that person.

The Greatest Misconception
You need lots of training and expensive equipment to do first aid.
No you don’t! Common sense is what you mostly need in such situations.

Remember that you can save a life!

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