In this piece of information, you will be accessing some great tips for first aid so that you can help yourself and others in times of dire needs.
Whether it’s a broken bone in a road accident or a seizure attack at home, panic seems to be the only reaction we can muster. But this is clearly not enough. Here we guide you on how to deal with some common emergencies.
Extreme pain- No movement or extreme pain with movement. Deformity or swelling – BONES can get fractured in various incidents, from road accidents to falls. A weak skeletal structure makes children and the elderly more prone to them. Anyone who has a fall, or injury and experiences pain in the bone needs to be examined to ascertain whether this is a sprain or a fracture.
Bleeding in the injured area should be treated first, by cleaning the area carefully with an antiseptic and applying a sterile dressing. Do not bandage the injury site tightly. You can also use a cold pack on the fractured area- ice should be wrapped in a clean piece of cloth before application to prevent frostbite.
“Immobilise the fractured limb using a homemade splint for leg or sling for the arm,” says Dr Prateek Gupta, consultant sport medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. For a leg injury, use two splintsone on the inner leg from the foot to the inner thigh, and the other, on the outside. Keep the leg above heart level to keep swelling to a minimum.
Remember, life is precious even if it is of a person unknown to you. Your small efforts can save a life from meeting an abrupt end.