It’s a good practice if everyone has the knowledge of first aid and in times of emergency, it could be what would give a person an opportunity to live again. The aid to be given is dependent on the circumstance or the problem. However, if you have no confidence in giving aid or not knowledgeable about what to do, instead of not doing anything, putting someone in a recovery position, arressting haemorrhage, immobilising a part of the body, raising the lower limbs etc and calling for help might be one thing that would save a life.
I learnt of two kids who happened to have watched their parents do some emergency drills and practiced putting themselves in a recovery postion, put their father in the said position when he fell from a height on a ladder and collapsed and then called for help. That position apparently gave their father a chance to be alive for his children and it’s something worth learning.
What recovery position does is that, it prevents the tongue from occluding the airway and aids drainage of mucus. Hence, by putting an unconcious person in such position, they may be able to breath in oxygen needed for tissue perfusion therefore, preventing brain tissue death. It takes brain tissues deprived of oxygen about 3 to 4 minutes to die so imagine the extent a first help can do for someone. Also imagine when brain damage had occurred even if the person’s life was saved in the end. Therefore, the benefits of first aid cannot be gainsaid.
See the image above for what a recovery postion looks like. You can follow these steps –
1. With the person lying on their back, kneel on the floor at their side.
2. Place the arm nearest to you at a right angle to their body with their hand upwards, towards the head.
3. Tuck their other hand under the side of their head, so that the back of their hand is touching their cheek.
4. Bend the knee farthest from you to a right angle. 5. Then you carefully roll the person onto their side by pulling on the bent knee. The top arm should be supporting the head and the bottom arm will stop you rolling them too far.
6. Open their airway by gently tilting their head back and lifting their chin, and check that nothing is blocking their airway. Stay with the person and monitor their condition until help arrives.
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