Facts About First Aid

  • Many of the foundations of basic life saving skills have not changed in nearly a century.

Many of the components found in first aid kits of the 1930's are still applicable to treating severe injuries and medical conditions today. While technologies and gear available to trained and professional EMS personal have definitely evolved over time, the basic principles for emergency first aid remain the same.

  • A prepared and trained civilian can perform basic life support. You do not have to be a doctor or an EMS professional.

Stabilizing a sprain, fracture, or broken bone, for stopping a severe bleed, treating a burn, a sucking chest wound, and treatments for many other injuries. These principles, while requiring some practice, and minimal gear, are simple and effective enough to be performed by citizens and bystanders in the event of an incident, while waiting on EMS and will durastically increase the chances of a victim's survival by helping to stabilize or improve their condition until he or she can make it to the hospital.

  • You cannot be sued in TN for rendering first aid, so long as your intentions were true.

The state of TN has a "Good Samaritan" law to encourage individuals to aid a victim in the event of a medical emergency. The law protects caregivers from liability so long as they act in good faith, and do not make any direct charge for the care given, provided the exception of gross negligence or direct and purposeful action to negatively effect a victim's condition.

  • If you learn nothing else, learn CPR.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in adults. CPR delivered by a person on site at the time of cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chances of survival.

  • Medical shock can be life threatening.

This is not shock in the sense of surprise, fear, or unbeleivability. There are different forms of shock. There are many different things that can cause shock. But it all boils down to one thing - Medical shock occurs when the organs in the body are not receiving enough oxygen in the blood. Treatment for shock will depend on the cause, so proper assessment is key.

  • There are any number of potential medical or trauma injuries that can occur at any time.

Being prepared for these situations is crucial. You are the first responder for your family and your loved ones. Train, practice, prepare. The investment in time and gear is minimal when compared to the value you will provide for your loved ones and those around you.