Many things can happen that endanger the life and health of our friends, family or coworkers.
Being there for those we love is our first priority in life, which is the main reason we see a significant influx of people enrolling to our courses of CPR first aid in Toronto and the GTA.
But what do you do if you don’t know CPR or first aid, and a paramedic team isn’t around? The good news is that you don’t have to be a medical professional to be able to help contain a medical emergency and prevent it from escalating into an outright disaster.
Here’s a quick recap of the measures you can take to make sure the situation stays stable:
Get Emergency Help
As banal as it may sound, it’s still worth repeating. Calling 911 is still the first thing you should do in any situation. This way, even if you get caught up, distracted or injured yourself, help is still going to be on the way. Then, once you know a medical team is rushing to your location, it’s time to see what you can do until they arrive.
When Less is More
While some things require immediate action, there are guidelines as to what and when you’re not supposed to do. If the emergency involved a fall, for example, do not move the victim until the ambulance arrives to avoid spinal damage.
Tell Between Emergency Types
One of the things we teach in our First aid and CPR training in Toronto and other locations in the GTA, is that different emergencies require different approaches. Choking on food can be solved by performing a Heimlich maneuver, but administering anything of the sort to someone who fell off the stairs and broke some ribs may result in severe internal damage. Someone who’d inhaled water should never be positioned with their face and head up. It would make the liquid set in the lungs, suffocating them further.
Emergency First Aid Kit
The more prepared you are, the better. You don’t need to have a CPR level C certification to bandage a limb, but you do need the bandage. At home, in the car, on trips and campings, make sure to always have a basic emergency kit at the ready. Minutes, sometimes seconds count when someone needs help. Make sure you waste no time where it can be saved.
And of course, enroll to CPR training in Toronto, Mississauga or other location in the GTA, and be trained to save lives by the best Red Cross trainers.