First Aiders: Trained and Ready to Go!

Hannah King took the First Aid class last year and is now First Aid certified. Photo by Kilee Christensen

The battle between life and death is a constant reminder of the little risks people take every day.  First Aid and CPR training can change a person’s battle strategy. 

Learning how to give first aid to a person in need before the paramedics arrive can save someone’s life and therefore, help immensely in the battle against life and death. Some people think that a few minutes couldn’t possibly make a difference in a person’s fate after an injury, but to those who are first aid certified (First Aiders), those minutes can make the difference on whether a person lives or dies.  First Aiders are taught what to do in a time of crisis and how to handle the situation efficiently, and can help the injured person until the ambulance arrives.   

First aid student, Hanna Plumb, said, “You never know when you are going to find yourself in a situation where you need it.  I feel like every person will need to know it at some point.  Even if it is just a small thing like bandaging a cut, it’s still good to know so you’re not just standing around saying ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know how to do it’ when you actually need it.” The feeling of helplessness can be devastating to the average person when they feel that something could have been done to prevent an event from happening.   

During the emergency, there is not much that an untrained person can do without causing further damage to the person injured.  One wrong move can have severe consequences.  In cases where a person has injured their head, neck, or back, one slight movement could cause further damage and can be fatal.  Yes, inexperienced help can sometimes be better than no help at all, but it is also better to have a trained First Aider to help than someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.  In the continual conflict between life and death, having an experienced fighter in the battle than someone with no training is much more preferable.  

Snow College student and certified lifeguard, Bailie Peacock, said, “First Aid training has given me the assurance that, if the need arises, I will be able to help someone without panicking because I know how to best keep them safe and healthy until more experienced help arrives.”  The training can also boost a person’s confidence that they will do the correct treatment when the time comes and not panic.  The person injured is already panicking, and it doesn’t help them if the First Aider is also panicking.  

While helping a person in need is always a great thing to do, it is important that a person knows what they are doing before helping.  Because they are confident in their abilities, they can perform the treatment needed until a person with more training and education can take their place.  Becoming First Aid certified can help every student become more prepared for an emergency when the time comes.  

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