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 Common First Aid Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Common First Aid Mistakes

Most of us, at one time or another, have faced some type of first aid emergency.  Knowing what to do, under these stressful situations, is often a very challenging task.  To illustrate this, we have put together a list of some common mistakes often made while trying to render first aid care.

Situation #1

You are faced with a bleeding injury.  You locate your first aid kit and grab the gauze sponges.  After placing the gauze over the wound, they quickly become blood soaked.  As you proceed to add more gauze sponges, you first remove the blood soaked sponges and then place new sponges on the wound.

This may sound right to most, but do not remove the blood soaked dressings, as you should place new dressings over the blood soaked ones.  Leaving these in place will help “clot” the wound and control bleeding.  It’s natural to think that once a gauze dressing becomes blood soaked it needs to be removed but,  doing so will only start the bleeding again and bring you back to square one.

Listen to a sample of the bleeding audio instructions provided in our talking first aid kit

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Situation #2

You find yourself dealing with a serious accident.  You realize the victim is experiencing shock and can see that he is pale, cold and his skin is clammy.  He is very weak and seems confused so you stay with him and reassure him that everything is okay.  The victim complains of being thirsty so you decide to give him some water.

While this would seem to be the right thing to do, because the victim is thirsty,   this is not correct.  With any serious injury, where shock is suspected, you do not want to give the victim any food or drink if help will arrive within 30 minutes.

Listen to a sample of the shock audio instruction provided in our talking first aid kit.

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Situation #3

Your husband is working on his car and splashes antifreeze into his eye. He says it burns and can’t open his eye. You act immediately by flushing the eye with water for at least 15 minutes and placing a bandage over the eye.  Now what?

Good job, but you’re not done. Here’s a situation where you need to seek professional medical help immediately. Injuries to the eye are always to be taken seriously.

You will also need to cover both eyes with the eye pads, since it is important to keep the injured eye still as the eyes work in unison.

Listen to a sample of the eye audio instruction provided in our talking first aid kit.


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