It is no secret that human life is fragile and as a result, many people die needlessly every day. This mainly happens because most people don’t have basic knowledge in order to help their fellow human beings. So, in this article, we will be looking at some basic medical tips that will enable you to help others in distress.
If someone has collapsed and is undergoing cardiac arrest, then something as simple as CPR can save their life. In order to do this, all you have to do is press down on the person’s chest area one hundred times per minute, while pushing about 2 inches deep into their chest. This should be done until the ambulance arrives. You don’t have to do the giving breath part as is seen in movies and tv shows. If you have problems keeping the tempo, all you need to remember is the tune, Staying Alive by the BeeGees.
Another common medical emergency is choking. This can happen at home or in a fancy restaurant and you may not remember all the moves in the Heimlich maneuver. All you need to do is position yourself behind the person, place your hands around their belly button, with one hand in a fist. Then, thrust inwards and upwards. This will lift the person slightly off the ground, but should dislodge anything that is choking them. You should remember to hit the person’s back about five times with the heel of your hand before doing the stomach thrusts.
Thirdly, another common cause of accidental death is drowning. The last thing you want to do is swim out to the person if you are not a strong swimmer yourself. Instead, you should try to find any object that can help lengthen your own reach so that the person can grab hold of it and you can then pull them to safety. In the event that the person is too far out to do so, then you may have to swim out, however, be sure to carry a safety ring, towel, shirt or rope so that the person can grab onto that and you can tow them in.
Next, bleeding and especially arterial bleeding is another common injury that is life threatening. If this occurs, you should try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. So, be sure to put on gloves if possible or at least clean plastic bags on your hands. Then, you should make the person lay down and elevate the site of the bleeding while covering them with a blanket. If there is any debris or dirt around the injury site, you should remove it, however, leave any large objects that are embedded in the person. Then, apply pressure to the area for at least 20 minutes to see if the bleeding stops. If this doesn’t help, you will have to apply pressure directly to the artery and get an ambulance as soon as possible.
In closing, we have just looked at a few simple tips that can help you to save someone’s life. So, be sure to take note of them in case of an emergency.