Never underestimate the utilitarianism of even the simplest of first aid kits. It never hurts to have the basics on hand, particularly in the case of kids. They are forever getting ‘boo-boos’ and a cute, cartoon band-aid (and possibly a little kiss) can work wonders. At the opposite end of the aging cycle are the elderly. Skin tears in the skin of the elderly are as common and cuts and scrapes on kids. Falls are another worry when it comes to the elderly and knowing what to do in the case of either can be of the utmost importance. Should you use paper tape to cover a skin tear? A band-aid? Should you help someone up if they fall or not move them until help gets there?
It doesn’t necessarily take a highly trained professional
Knowing what to do in the case of simple urgent care occurrences doesn’t necessarily take a paramedic or even an EMT. Just having the tools and knowing how to utilize minimal first aid training can be of the utmost consequence for individuals in all walks of life. Career requirements such as law enforcement, fire department employees, lifeguards, first responders (both in and out of designated buildings for the workplace) and such are the obvious choices for certification. But there are far more individuals out there that should know basic first aid and CPR such as the following:
- Parents: What would you do if your child fell into the pool and you found them seemingly lifeless? Do you know CPR? Many children in drowning situations respond well to resuscitative measures when applied promptly. Could you save your child?
- Caregivers: Possibly you have a special needs child or adult in your home. Asthma, seizures, diabetes, MS, MD, Alzheimer’s, etc., all of these afflictions (and many more) require special care and can present their own unique set of emergency situations. Trained personnel will of course offer the best help possible but what will you do until they arrive?
- People with elderly parents: As previously mentioned, elderly patients (people) are prone to their own health/emergency issues. Having the proper knowhow and the tools with which to carry it out can mean the difference between life and death. CPR, oxygen, AED’s, paper tape and absorbent dressings, splints and more are just some of the items anyone with elderly home inhabitants may wish to have on hand.
Don’t get caught empty handed and empty headed in the case of an urgent care situation or, God forbid, the case of a true emergency. Be prepared!