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5 Common First Aid Myths and Facts

Over the years, when we are put in a situation that requires first aid, let it be coming across someone who has a nose bleed or cardiac arrest, deep down most of us want to offer a helping hand. However, there are numerous myths and misconceptions about first aid that hinders one from providing effective care in an emergency situation.

Let’s debunk some common first aid myths in order to respond appropriately during emergencies!

Myth 1 :  Managing nose bleed by tilting the head backwards

Bleeding nose

Fact : Tilting a patient’s head backwards while they are having a nose bleed could cause the blood to run down the throat. This can cause irritation and patient may start choking or vomiting.

To do : Instead, the better way to deal with a nose bleed would be to allow the patient to tilt the head forward while slowly pinching on the nasal bridge. This helps easy flow of the blood out of the nose.

Myth 2 : When someone’s heart stops beating, there is nothing that can be done to save his life

cpr training

Fact : Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps in reviving a patient whose heart has stopped beating

To do : CPR is a live saving first aid procedure that has to be commenced immediately by performing hard and fast chest compressions.

Myth 3 : Sucking venom out of snake bite wounds

Fact : Snake venom enters the patient’s bloodstream extremely fast. Therefore, trying to suck it out will be ineffective. In fact, it could cause more damage to the patient and yourself by trying to do so.

To do : Splint and immobilize the affected area by keeping the wound below heart level and avoid running as it may increase the heart rate. Carry the victim to a place where transport is available to seek immediate medical assistance.

Myth 4 : Remove the sharp object that has caused a puncture wound

Fact : Do not remove sharp objects like a nail or knife that is impaled in a wound. Removing the object may cause excessive bleeding and further injuries.

To do : Stabilise the object with a bandage and seek immediate medical assistance. Ensure patient does not attempt to remove the object.

Myth 5 : Put something in a fitting person’s mouth

Fact : During a fitting episode, patient may clench their teeth and bite onto the object inserted into their mouth. This may cause more damage to the oral cavity especially if the object inserted breaks down. It can also block the airway and the flow of oxygen to the lungs

To do : Ensure surrounding clear of sharp objects. Cushion the victim’s head if possible. Lie the patient in a recovery position to prevent choking on salive or vomit. Seek immediate medical attention.

A little knowledge can go a long way when you learn the appropriate first aid management in various situations. Fret not, join us as we uncover the world of first aid and the vital role played by first aiders in emergencies. What’s better is that you get certified as well. Hoping to see all of you in our upcoming classes for first aiders!


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