The Importance of Knowing Your First Aid Basics

Almost everyday accidents happen. An individual gets cut by a sharp object or gets stung by a bee. It is important to know when to call in an emergency. While waiting for help to arrive, you may be able to save someone’s life. Knowing the basics of first aid could mean the difference between life and death.

First aid refers to the first assistance rendered to a person that sustains a sudden injury or suffers from a sudden ailment. It is also known to be a temporary care just before medical attention is given to the person. It basically prevents the case from deteriorating. Activities like treating a bruise, performing CPR just before the ambulance arrives are known as first aid activities.

The first aid box is used to store first aid kits and its contents varies based on the settings. However, some basic items cut across several settings. It is advisable to have one at home, the car and other places you spend time in.

Below are the importance of having basic first aid knowledge:

It helps save lives: If an individual with a sound training on first aid administration happens to see any casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives be saved. While it is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person, a trained person is more reliable, confident and in control of himself and his actions while in trauma situations.

It increases safety: The basis of first aid training is “prevention”. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes the sense of safety and well being amongst people, prompting them to be more alert and safe in the surroundings they dwell in. Awareness and desire to be accident free keeps you more safe and secure, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.

It aids in relieving pain: Some injuries require a very simple solution like applying ice pack or a quick rub. A ride to the emergency room is not necessary, at least not for some time. In such cases, calling a trained person is more reliable.

Prevents the situation from becoming worse: A trained person would know how to keep the situation from becoming worse. They will provide temporary treatment which will keep the condition of the victim from deteriorating, till professional help arrives.


Some knowledge of basic first aid could mean a whole lot. It promotes a healthy, secure and a safer environment, and instills confidence amongst people, their families, their colleagues and associates. In subsequent posts, we would be looking at first aid tips for common injuries and ailments such as burns, bruises, CPR Procedure. Stay healthy!!!

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