Aims of First Aid - (3 Ps)
to Preserve life
to Prevent further injury
to Promote recovery
Accidents requiring first aid
treatment are by their very nature immediate and stressful.
In any emergency sitaution, your safety as an un-injured group
member must come first.
The aim of First aid is to provide Immediate
but Temporary Care for a casualty who is ill or injured.
Either you must get medical help to the casualty or the casualty
to medical help. Stabilising, monitoring and evacuating casualties
are issues you should consider before you have to deal with
subject of First Aid covers a wide variety of topics too
extensive to be mentioned in this site. Information can be
better obtained from a first aid manual or better still by
receiving proper training. The purpose of this page is not
to teach first aid but to make the reader aware of the importance
of having some knowledge of first aid techniques.
is a practical subject
and there is no substitute for practicing basic accident procedures
and looking at specific issues that may arise before you are
faced with the real thing. You can't ask a casualty to stop
bleeding while you consult your manual becuase you dont know
what to do next!
who travel to remote areas on adventure holidays or expeditions
should seriously consider becoming proficient in and obtaining
a first aid qualification from a specialist organisation such
as Adventure First Aid. For less demanding situations St.
Johns Ambulance or the Red Cross. run courses in first aid
locally in most areas.
Most first aid
courses run in the
UK are designed for the urban work environment. There are
few courses that are designed to deal with remote issues.
Please see www.adventurefirstaid.co.uk
for details of such courses. Having a single strategy to deal
with any injury or illness is the key to dealing with immediate
and stressfull incidents. Adventure First Aid offers Interactive
- Dynamic - Contextual - Cost Effective training.
Since the aim of first aid
is to keep a casualty alive and comfortable until medical
help arrives or is attained, all travellers should carry a
first aid kit, the exact contents of which will be determined
by the nature of the trip, the area visited and the activities
more information regarding the contents of a First Aid
is also important that you take adequate personal medications
relevant to the area and activity undertaken. The interactive
page of this web site is there to design a customised medical
kit suitable to your particular requirements.
venturing away from good medical facilities will need
to take a first aid kit, a sterile pack containing needles
and syringes and extra medical items such as antibiotics,
strong pain killers and other emergency treatments.
Other useful items include;
water purification tablets, a sun-block and some insect repellent.
See the Main Page for more advice
on medical equipment.
you should always seek medical advice when possible for anything
more than simple complaints.
insurance is essential for all travellers in case of accidents
and emergencies requiring medical or hospital treatment abroad.
Always check that the costs of repatriation are included.