WORLD FIRST AID DAY 2022: The second Saturday in September has been declared World First Aid Day. This day is celebrated to raise public awareness of how first aid can save lives. This year, World First Aid Day is celebrated on September 10. Everyone should know how to provide basic first aid. Plus, knowing what to do during a medical emergency is always a plus. First aid is emergency treatment given to an injured person until appropriate medications and help can be provided.
World First Aid Day: History
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) established World First Aid Day in 2000 and this organization has been providing emergency services for over 100 years. The origins of this day go back to 1859 when a young businessman named Henry Dunant helped wounded soldiers during the battle of Solferino.
World First Aid Day 2022: Theme
According to IFRC, the theme for World First Aid Day 2022 is “Lifelong First Aid”. This theme emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning of first aid.
World First Aid Day: Meaning
Millions of people and animals are injured and killed every year due to a lack of prompt medical care. As a result, learning first aid can help prevent major incidents by providing immediate care until professional help arrives.
More than 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world organize celebrations and events to educate the public on the value of first aid in both normal and emergency situations. Everyone, especially children and the most vulnerable, must have access to first aid education and it must become part of a larger development strategy.
In line with Strategy 2030, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is committed to expanding its emergency response programs so that every national association around the world is equipped to prepare communities for both accidents and everyday hazards.
First aid kit must-haves for everyone
Depending on the need and condition, things can be added or removed from the medical kit depending on one’s health conditions. However, these are a few essential items that should always be in a first aid kit.
- A first aid manual
- Compress dressings absorbent
- Bandages with glue (various sizes)
- Adhesive Fabric Tape Roll
- Packs of antibiotic ointment
- Sachets with antiseptic wipes
- Aspirin packets (81 mg each)
- Emergency Blanket
- Latex-free gloves
- Packages Hydrocortisone Ointment
- Gauze Roll (Roll) Bandage
- bandage roller
- Sterile gauzes
- Digital thermometer
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