Aims of first aid

There are three main aims of first aid which you should know about:

Preserve life

Your first aim is to preserve life by carrying out emergency first aid procedures (for example, opening a casualty’s airway or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Preserving life should always be the overall aim of all first aiders. Remember though…this includes your own life! You should never put yourself into a dangerous situation where you could become injured. 

Prevent deterioration or further injury

Secondly, you should attempt to prevent the casualty’s condition from deteriorating further. This could include asking them to stay still to prevent movement of possible fractures.

Promote recovery

Finally, you can promote recovery by arranging prompt emergency medical help. In addition, simple first aid can significantly affect the long-term recovery of an injury. For example, quickly cooling a burn will reduce the risk of long term scarring and encourage early healing. 

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid & CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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