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First aid cuts death rate in accident victims

World First Aid Day is observed globally on the second Saturday in September, aiming to raise awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in everyday and crisis situations, as well as promoting the accessibility of first aid.

This year's theme is Domestic Accidents, and we are all concerned about that.

The correct form of first aid can reduce injuries and even deaths amongst accident victims.

Domestic accidents affect everyone, regardless of age, gender, income, or geographic region. Falls are the most common home accidents, and cause serious injury at any time of life, but the risk increases with age.

First aid training teaches people about the dangers and causes of home accidents and what to do in case of an injury. First aid training is an effective way to raise awareness in the home and within the broader community about safety issues and prevention in a domestic setting.

World First Aid Day was instituted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2000 and has been celebrated each year ever since.

Health officials are confident that basic first aid skills are important because it means we can help to save our friends or family members should they be involved in an accident. Every household should have at least one person trained in basic first aid and who can administer treatment after incidences such as road accidents, drowning, and falls from high places.

Households should have a medical kit containing basic supplies for use in emergencies.

Mr Thaksin Khounnasen, who is in charge of Vientiane's Nonghay rescue centre with hotline number ‘1623' run by the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR, said the foundation welcomed everyone to join the rescue team.

Today about 120 volunteers are registered with the foundation, of whom 20 are women.

They are of different ages and come from different sectors of society, and include government and private sector employees and students. First aid training is very important for all the volunteers working at the centre.

Before allowing them to help anyone who is injured, all volunteers must first attend a training course. “This is essential for anyone who is working to save lives using first aid skills,” said Mr Thaksin.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 16, 2017)

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