When it comes to handling emergencies, there’s no substitute for proper first aid training. While many people lead understandably busy lives and the thought of taking a first aid class seems impossible, the moment the need for such training presents itself, you’ll wish you had it. This has lead many people to where they normally go for answers: the internet. Online, you’ll find loads of information and even “courses” on how to do various first aid techniques. While this is, of course, better than no information or training whatsoever, it’s still not a sufficient substitute.
Why? Well, because in an emergency, you’ll have little time to think and will just have to act. Your own uncertainties will slow you down as you’ve never physically carried out the motions of whatever procedure you’re about to attempt. Whether it’s good old fashioned CPR, setting a bone or preventing blood loss, the right training can make all the difference?
That’s because not only will you be mentally prepared with the data, but you’ll also have some physical experience. For example, people who train to do CPR use a CPR training manikin so that they can practice chest compressions and proper breathing. This way they not only have the information about how to carry out the procedure, but also the muscle memory of doing it. In an emergency situation, there may be lots of things to distract you while trying to help someone and all of the benefits of proper training come into play.
So don’t underestimate what value correct first aid training has in store. Pray that you’re never in need of it, but should you find yourself there one day, I hope that you took the time to get the training necessary to handle the situation.