I want to learn more first aid skills! But I won’t use my first aid skills daily like I do my food storage! So, learning first aid skills doesn’t really make my life easier on a day-to-day basis. Just like anything else, when you start thinking about all the first aid skills you could learn and maybe feel you ought to learn, it can get a bit overwhelming.
First Aid Skills
When it comes to first aid skills, I had to remind myself that the goal isn’t necessarily to become a doctor myself! Doctors go to school full time for 4+ years, and for most of us that just isn’t realistic! I just need to be able to offer the best care possible until I can get to a doctor.
Still…society would be much better off if each of us took the time to learn just a few essential first aid skills. We’d be better equipped to help each other in even small emergency situations instead of just waiting, hoping that help gets there in time.
So, I read up on general first aid on sites like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and the Red Cross. I pulled out the survival pocket guide and first aid cards from my 72 your kit, and I studied. I wanted to focus on just the essential, life saving skills.
A Helpful New Printable
After all of that, I created a list of first aid skills I would not want to be without: things I would not want to wait for a doctor to arrive to take care of. Most are skills I’ve studied before, but (obviously) don’t use regularly. I wanted a way to remember them properly when/if I needed to use them, so I created a one page printable! Put one in your car, your fridge, or your pantry. Make sure babysitters know where to find it along with your other babysitter notes. You could even fold one up and put it in your wallet! Simple. Easy Peasy. Not overwhelming. Do-able. Love it. Download the printable by simply clicking on it:
Important: Please know, you are more than welcome to use my printable above. But it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment, or formal first-aid training. If you ever face a life-threatening medical situation, please call 911 as quickly as possible. This printable is simply the result of my own online research and compilation of information I want myself, my family members, and babysitters to have quick access to. You are welcome to use it, but you may also consider learning more about hands only CPR, taking a First Aid / CPR training course, and adding some of these first aid apps to your phone/device:
First Aid Apps:
- First Aid App by American Red Cross
- American Heart Association Pocket First Aid and CPR App
- Army First Aid Manual App
- Drops First Aid App
Do you have any first aid resources for learning basic, life saving skills I have not mentioned that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!
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