First Aid has a long history, dating back to the 11th century when knights were taught how to treat injuries on the battlefield. However, the practice was not formalized until the 19th century with the founding of the Red Cross by Henry Dunant. Dunant, a young businessman, had witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in modern-day Italy and utilized civilians to help the wounded and provided the supplies to create temporary hospitals. This practice continued and was known as “pre-medical treatment”. In 1878, the terms “first treatment” and “national aid” were combined to create the now-familiar term “First Aid”.
World First Aid Day
First Aid has changed shape throughout the decades, but the main objective has remained the same – to save lives. To increase First Aid preparedness, there are First Aid courses, which are memorable, easy to learn, and increasingly accessible. In most countries now, first aid sessions are routinely done in all institutions whether it be to young children in a school or retail assistants in a shopping center. It is also a way for colleagues to interact, trust one another and create teamwork.
World First Aid Day was first celebrated in 2000 to create awareness and accessibility to First Aid. An annual campaign is celebrated to empower the public and make them aware of how they can save someone’s life, whether it’s a simple cut at home or at a road accident.
Your First Aid Course and Kit
Going to a First Aid course will show you what to do if you are faced with someone who falls ill. The course is usually one day, but the skills taught stay for a lifetime. The course also shows you what you should keep at home to help with an emergency. This is called a First Aid Kit and the common items are:
- Surgical masks
- Cotton balls
- Cleansing wipes
- Instant cold packs
- Disposable gloves
- Medicines – Laxatives, Antacid, Antihistamine, pain relievers, anti-diarrhea, and cough and cold medicine
- Tapes and bandages
- Gels and lotions
- Scissors and tweezers
- Safety pins
Whether for yourself, your family, or for your company, it is essential that all individuals attend a First Aid course so they are knowledgeable and well equipped for a medical emergency. Part of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s mission is ensuring all global citizens can attend a First Aid course. There are various aspects to the First Aid course. It will teach you how to deal with different emergency scenarios such as choking or caring for a wound as well as addressing more serious situations like recognizing life-threatening signs and what immediate action to take.
All First Aid courses contain the same content globally, so it does not matter where you are in the world – everyone will follow the same rules. Many people find the thought of doing a course daunting. However, First Aid is taught in a simplistic fashion so it is easy to remember, using easy phrases like ABC (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). By remembering these easy phases, you can feel calm and in control in an emergency and give the care that is needed.
If you are interested in attending a course and getting your First Aid certificate then please contact the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.