First Aid Survival

First Aid Survival

Caring for the Injured – First Aid Survival

. . . is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel, to a sick or injured person, until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical attention beyond first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

The first step of your first aid survival plan is to obtain appropriate training in basic first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In addition to basic training, well-supplied medical kits will pay dividends. Having all the guns, beans and bullets in the world won’t save your life if you have become seriously injured or incapacitated. Survival is not an individual sport; therefore, it is important that you are able to take immediate life-saving measures to assist injured members of your group.

When Giving Survival First Aid, Always Remember:

  • Ensure the scene is safe (don’t become part of the problem)
  • Identify hazards that may cause injury to those giving assistance
  • Conduct triage and begin treating injuries by level of severity
  • Only move the injured to prevent further injury or loss of life
  • Remember the A-B-Cs of first aid; Airway, Breathing, Circulation

Advanced Medical Care

In a first aid survival scenario you may be treating an injury as simple as a sprain or as serious as a victim having no pulse. Depending on the circumstances, much more serious injuries will be likely in certain situations. Combat Life Saving (CLS) techniques are the skills and knowledge required that go beyond basic first aid survival techniques and deal primarily with injuries one might expect to encounter on a battlefield. Being able to respond to these types of injuries effectively can be the difference between life and death in a survival scenario. They include injuries such as bullet wounds, loss of limbs, severe bleeding, or any other number of life threatening injuries.

Who Should be Trained?

Anyone who is reading this page should be trained in basic first aid and CPR. First aid survival is always more about knowledge and training than it is about equipment and supplies. The more training you are able to obtain, the better prepared you will be for a given scenario.

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