The Single Most Important Item in Your First Aid Kit.

First aid kits are for sale everywhere. Because you are an urban disaster first aid conscious individual, you probably see advertisements for first aid kits (AKA “Trauma Kits”) on social media and in the side columns of the websites you visit.

As you read articles you find that people have many different opinions about the first aid kits you should carry with you. There are first aid kits you should have at home, another type you should carry in your car and another kind of kit you should have in your Every Day Carry.  Even the United States government, OSHA,  defines specific types of first aid kits that are required in the workplace. There is one thing that you must carry with you every day, everywhere you go with your first aid kit.  What is that one thing?

Trauma pads? A tourniquet? An occlusive chest seal? Hemostatic dressing?

  • Have you been trained on how to properly apply a tourniquet?
  • Have you practiced first aid on a patient in a high-fidelity scenario?  
  • Can you discern the signs and symptoms of shock on a patient and what type of shock the patient is experiencing (cardiogenic, hypovolemic, neurogenic)?

What is the single most important item in your kit?

The single most important item in your first aid kit is the person who has been trained to use it. You must be that person.

If you are serious about being ready to save a life when seconds count, you must attend the First Five First Aid certification course.

The First Five First Aid course teaches individuals with no prior first aid training how to recognize and manage life-threatening emergencies. First Five First Aid teaches you how to stop traumatic bleeding, how to treat shortness of breath, cardiac issues, brain trauma, allergic reactions, burn injuries and shock emergencies using only the basic first aid tools available to you.

The First Five First Aid course will increase your urban disaster first aid preparedness and confidence. We will teach how to use the items found in a typical first aid kit to save lives. You will gain the confidence to treat others in an urban disaster emergency by learning the Patient Assessment System – a checklist used by all Emergency Medical Technicians. Half of the class time will be devoted to the practice of these new skills. We provide a hands-on learning environment with high-fidelity medical emergency scenarios to build student muscle memory and poise under pressure. The First Five First Aid certification is approved by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, several colleges and universities and the  American Camping Association.

First Five First Aid Certification Course Description

  • No prior first aid training required
  • One day (8 hours)
  • Two-year internationally recognized certification
  • Certification card upon successful completion of course

The First Five First Aid Course is a blended experience of classroom and experiential learning. Fifty percent of student time is spent rotating as mock rescuer and mock patient in realistic care-giving scenarios, making the most of hands-on learning. On average, it takes fifteen minutes for first responders to arrive on the scene. This course address the importance of providing emergency care in the critical first few minutes.

Course Fee: $79 per student

Please click here to contact us for more information for attending or scheduling a class.

Workplace First Aid Case Study – Electrical shock leads to uncontrolled, traumatic bleeding in an office environment.

Workplace First Aid Case Study
Electrical shock leads to uncontrolled, traumatic bleeding in an office environment.

Incident
An employee is moving into a new office cubicle and is under his desk connecting power cords to the electrical receptacle on the cubicle wall. While he plugs in one of the cords the employee’s hand slips, makes contact with one of the power cord’s prongs and receives a surprising shock. The employee reacts and accidentally drags his wrist over a loose corner of thin sheet metal near the electrical receptacle. The sharp corner of the sheet metal slices into the employee right wrist and cuts along the radial bone while the employee pulls away, severing the employee’s radial artery.  The employee was found kneeling on the floor of his cubicle screaming for help, grabbing his wrist with blood flowing rapidly from between his hand and his wrist onto the legs of his trousers and the floor.

Response
A nearby employee trained in first aid retrieved a tourniquet from the first aid kit mounted to the wall about thirty feet away. The tourniquet is applied on the forearm and within a few seconds of application and tightening the blood flow stops.  A sterile gauze is applied to the injury site and wrapped with a pressure dressing. A blanket was wrapped around the patient while waiting for EMS to arrive.

Outcome
EMS arrives twelve minutes from the time 911 was called. The patient is transported to a Level 1 trauma center where a surgical specialist is brought in to repair the patient’s arm and hand, The patient makes a full recovery with no loss of circulation, movement of sensation to his hand and fingers.

Teachable Moments
This case study illustrates the benefits of workplace first aid training. This outcome could have been much different if there was no employee trained in workplace first aid. The employee responding to the incident is aware of the tools available in the office first aid kit and is competent in delivering emergency workplace first aid.  Without this employee trained in workplace first aid the injured employee would have bled out and died before EMS arrived.  Are you interested in attending a class or scheduling a class for your organization? Please contact us here.