Emergency response is the phase of the disaster-management cycle that often attracts the most attention and resources. During this phase, environmental health services may have a great impact on the health and well-being of affected communities.
Emergency situations warranting a response can range from natural disasters to hazardous materials problems and transportation incidents. Emergency response plans are a critical component of workplace safety.
Response time is an important aspect of emergency response. This refers to how long it takes emergency responders to arrive at the scene of an emergency after the emergency response system has been activated. A long response time can result in increased and permanent damage, a higher likelihood of fatalities, and greater distress to those involved. As such, response time is often used as a proxy for the effectiveness of an emergency response program. That is why you need to be trained for FIRST AID/CPR AND AED.
Basic first aid and CPR training can prove life-saving in certain medical emergencies. These techniques might be used on someone choking, drowning, or suffering a heart attack. Knowing CPR and First Aid could mean the difference between life or death.
The importance of getting trained in first aid and CPR cannot be overstated and is proven invaluable in emergency situations. Here are the top five reasons you should take first aid and CPR classes.
1) Save Someone’s Life
The number one, top reason you need to take a First aid/CPR and AED course is because you could save someone’s life. Approximately 475,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. Performing CPR helps preserve the individual’s brain function during cardiac arrest, increasing the chance of keeping their blood flowing and keeping them alive.
2) Increase Patient Comfort
Knowing the life saving skills First aid/CPR and AED offer enables you to increase patient comfort during a medical emergency. Not all emergencies require hospitalization but knowing important techniques such as proper bandaging or what to do when your child has a fever or a bad bruise. By learning these invaluable tools, you can better stay calm and help the patient feel less anxious and more at ease.
3) Prevent Worsening Situations
In some cases, if a person does not receive immediate first aid care, their symptoms may worsen or deteriorate. When you are properly trained and certified, you will be able to stabilize the patient until emergency medical services arrives. Helping prevent worsening situations makes you a valuable link in the chain of support and survival.
4) Be More Valuable to Your Community
Being certified in basic life support makes you more valuable in your community, home, and workplace. Sadly, CPR is not known by enough people. The more people who take the time to be trained, the better the chances are that you are able to help save someone else’s life, and if ever needed, someone will be there to save yours. Take a certification course with friends and loved ones.
5) Most Cardiac Arrests Happen At Home
According to the Nigerian Health workers (NHW), 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home. Furthermore, for every minute that passes without CPR, the victim’s chance of survival decreases between seven and ten percent. Knowing CPR can help you save your loved one when you are able to perform CPR as quickly as possible.
Getting trained in first aid/ CPR and AED are the most important things you can do to help ensure the life of someone suffering from a medical emergency. At Health Street, there are various formats and courses offered, including in-person, group, and online certification courses. Getting trained in first aid/ CPR and AED can make a difference in the lives around you.
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