Imagine yourself at one of the many Maltese feasts that take place over the summer months. A brass band is delighting the crowd, children are playing in mounds of paper shards and you are discussing the latest Bond movie with your neighbour. Suddenly an elderly gentleman just 2 metres away from you collapses to the ground. Curious people gather around the scene, there’s a general feeling of panic and you feel compelled to help. Would you know what to do in this situation?
Around 70% of people in the US wouldn’t know what to do in a cardiac emergency. A reputable first aid organisation in the UK reported that around 55% of parents don’t have the appropriate skills to save their child in the event of a life-threatening incident. The same organisation claims that every year, 140,000 people could have had a chance to live with first aid – startling numbers indeed. Convinced yet? Knowing first aid is important and has the potential to save lives.
Throughout this series we will try to go over the most common first aid situations and recommend what to do in such scenarios. It is imperative to state that this series is by no means meant to replace formal and official first aid training. It will merely serve as an eye-opener to those readers who haven’t had training yet, or those who have but need to refresh their knowledge. Despite this, all articles will be carefully researched and evidence-based to provide readers with the most recent and accurate information available.
I encourage readers to watch this space for future articles that will seek to highlight some first aid tips, and, more importantly, to enroll in a first aid course today. Any person, of any age, can be trained in first aid. Basic first aid courses aren’t time-consuming and they will offer much return in terms of the potential benefits of knowing such skills.