It is not new to most that First aid is for treating people who are injured or sick while receiving professional medical care. It can help prevent infection, prevent the patient from losing a lot of blood and it can even save lives.
First aid training is important for every scout, it is more than a technique for treating certain injuries. Some emergencies will come up, either big or small which can be filled with emotions and confusion. Even a little chaos increases the risk of injury for rescuers and observers and the risk of inadequate patient care. Emergencies like this usually require a leader to be strong and direct, at least until the scene is safe and the patient is stable. Therefore, It is important to discuss leadership with the scouts in case of emergency before this sort of emergency arises.
Most people don’t take first aid programs seriously probably because of their busy schedule. However, teaching a scout the first aid courses is very important. The reasons are as follows.
1. IT GIVES SCOUTS THE IDEA ON HOW TO HANDLE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS FROM BECOMING WORSE
The first aid training program which includes the confined space training, let’s a scout know how to handle tough situations. There are some situations where the patient’s condition worsens if he does not receive they don’t treat them quickly. With primary care, you can stabilize the patient until medical emergency treatment arrives.
The training will let the scouts know other methods they can try in situations where there is no first aid kit thus, can handle any form of emergency.
They are also trained on how to study the patient’s current situation and write it down in the records. This data collected is useful for emergencies because it makes things faster. They just need to send to the emergency services in charge. Their role is important in saving lives, that is why they should undergo proper training.
2. IT ALLOWS THEM TO INCREASE PATIENT’S COMFORT
There are some accidents or injuries sustained that don’t necessarily require the victim to be hospitalized. However, this does not mean the patient did not experience pain from the injury.
A scout is trained with simple techniques on how to control their pain and relieve their discomfort. Part of the simple technique includes applying ice pack correctly and bandaging the wounds appropriately. They are also taught how to provide emotional support by making them stay calm which will make them feel safer and reduce their level of fear or anxiety.
3. BUILDING THEIR CONFIDENCE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES
One of the foremost things taught in the first aid training is that the scouts should make their safety their priority.
Self-reliance is one of the abilities of a scout. Proper training on how to use the kit means they can count on their first aid knowledge for survival. This is not selfishness, it just allows the scouts to think about themselves and how they should react when certain situations confront them.
This understanding increases their confidence in various situations outside the medical aspect.
4. FIRST AID TRAINING GOES BEYOND SAVING LIVES
Most people think first aid training is only meant to help save lives, it is true but it is beyond that. Proper first aid training can help reduce one’s recovery time make, the scout distinguish between patients with temporary and long-term disabilities.
They will also learn how to stay calm in an emergency and learn simple keywords or codes so they can remember the steps they need to take.
First aid training makes a scout safe and comfortable and most importantly makes them in control when they need to be.