Basic First Aid Skills

Learning basic first aid skills can potentially help you save a life. This is very important especially when caring for senior adults at home. They are most vulnerable and in need of constant attention and assistance. A simple procedure can potentially save a life or increase their chances of surviving until professional medical help arrives. We at Golden Arch Homecare services in Redlands California have personnel who are well-equipped, trained and knowledgeable when it comes to first aid skills. As many senior adults have chosen to age gracefully in their own homes, they realize that the best option for them is home health care. Our homecare services in Redlands California take away the stress and pressures of finding the right match for you or your loved ones home caregiving needs.

As for ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones, we at Golden Arch Homecare services in Redlands California can guarantee that your loved ones are in reliable and capable hands. All our carers and nurses are trained in basic first aid. As a guide for you, we’ve listed the basic first aid procedures for emergency cases:

  1. CPR – this is the most common and known First Aid skill. This technique can potentially save the life of a person who just suffered a cardiac or respiratory arrest. Even without professional or official training, you can watch instructional videos on the procedures of CPR.
  2. Heart Attack – it is important to determine whether the person is having a cardiac arrest or just heart burn. The symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, pressure on the neck, jaw and along the arm, nausea and paleness. When you detect that a person is potentially having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. If the person isn’t allergic to aspirin or isn’t taking other medication that could harmfully interact with it, offer the person an aspirin to prevent major damage to the heart.
  3. Choking – to help during choking incidents, the Heimlich maneuver is your life-saving option. You may have heard about it already, and you can watch an instructional video on this as well. Before performing this maneuver, try dislodging the item caught in the airway by slapping or hitting the back of the casualty in between his/her shoulder blades at least 5 times.
  4. Bleeding – when bleeding occurs, the primary goal is to immediately stop the bleeding. Before even touching the wound or site of bleeding, make sure your hands are clean. Arterial bleeding may be harder to stop so you should apply pressure to the affected artery.
  5. Burns – for simple burns, run cool water over the burnt area for 5-10 minutes. Clean the skin with a mild soap then cool the skin with a moist cloth or compress. Don’t put anything else on the burn. To minimize the pain take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If the burn is serious, contact help or drive the casualty to the hospital immediately.
  6. Seizure – the best thing you can do is to ensure the victim doesn’t harm or hurt themselves. Do not hold the person down because this may cause further injury.
  7. Stroke – symptoms of a stroke include paralysis or numbness on some parts of the body, weakness, blurry vision, speech problems, difficulty in swallowing and loss of balance with dizziness. If a person is exhibiting any or all of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
  8. Broken bones – if the broken bone is exposed through the skin, do not touch it, wash it nor try to put it back in. Call emergency response and wait for help to arrive. If possible, apply a temporary splint on the broken area.
  9. Nosebleed – to reduce bleeding, pinch your nostril for 10 minutes. Do not bend your head backwards since this may add blood pressure to your head. If this is a frequent occurrence, you should consult a doctor.
  10. Allergic reactions – during a severe allergic reaction, try to ask the person if he/she is responsive if they have an EpiPen or any medication used to counter the reaction.

You have the ability to save a person’s life. It is best to arm yourself with basic knowledge to help you react during life-or-death situations.

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