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First Aid as Part of a Holistic Health Mindset



First aid as part of a holistic health mindset

Human health is a terribly fragile thing. We human beings are intricately designed machines that depend on a nearly perfect balance for everything to run as it should. Throw off that balance in just one area and the entire body can be affected.

The holistic mindset views good health as encompassing the entire person – body, mind, and spirit. As such, it is incompatible with the holistic mindset to ignore certain aspects of the health equation.

For example, consider first aid. A truly holistic approach to health recognises the fact that medical emergencies do occur. It recognises the need for first aid during emergencies that could result in serious injury or death.

Holistic health and first aid do not have to be exclusive of one another. In fact, they are not. If you believe in the holistic mindset, do you also believe in the need for first-aid preparation? Do you believe in the need to be ready for anything?

Emergencies Can Occur Any Time

Emergencies are, by definition, unplanned. They occur whenever and wherever circumstances are just right. As such, most people who do not think holistically tend to be unprepared.

An emergency occurs and they don’t know how to respond. On the other hand, people with a holistic mindset tend to be proactive. They prepare themselves for emergencies by doing the little things.

Those little things can be as simple as keeping a first aid kit on hand. At home, a basic first aid kit will do just fine in most emergencies. Your basic first aid kit for home includes bandages, dressings, cleansing wipes, etc. It is typically small enough to store easily in a bathroom or kitchen.

There are other kinds of first aid kits for a variety of needs:

  • Travel Kits – Basic first aid kits designed to be taken with you when you travel. They contain the items you might need when help is not nearby.
  • Major Incident Kits – These are large first aid kits with a longer list of supplies. They are intended for rendering first aid during major incidents with multiple victims.
  • Rucksack Kits – These are more advanced travel kits contained within a rucksack. They are intended to provide first aid when you’re out in the wilderness for extended periods of time.
  • Workplace Kits – Many workplaces can get by with a British standard first aid kit, but some need kits specifically tailored to their industries.
  • Playground Kits – These are kits containing supplies necessary to treat the most common playground injuries.

We have listed just five different kinds of first aid kits here. There are many, many more. However, you do not need to purchase a kit from a retail provider. You can make your own first aid kit customised to your particular needs. A customised kit fits right in with a holistic mindset.

First Aid Training

First aid kits are great tools to have around. You should have one home, one in your car, and one to take with you when you travel. Hopefully, there are first aid kits at your workplace. Yet none of these kits is of much value if you do not know how to use them. This is where first aid training comes into play.

The holistic approach to health dictates that first aid training is a good thing. Learning basic first aid principles could mean the difference between responding effectively in an emergency and not being able to do anything to help. Fortunately, first aid training classes are abundant and affordable.

Basic first aid instruction starts with things like minor cuts and abrasions, insect bites, and the like. It also teaches students about broken bones, burns, poisoning, and exposure to certain kinds of hazardous chemicals. Most importantly, it teaches students how to make use of the items found in a first aid kit.

First Aid for Cardiac Arrest

No article of this nature would be complete without talking about cardiac arrest emergencies. A cardiac arrest emergency is one in which a person’s heart has stopped beating. It is one that requires immediate action if the person’s life is to be saved.

CPR has long been touted as the most effective ways to deal with cardiac arrest. As a side note, you can learn CPR via an advanced first aid training course. In the absence of such training, dealing with cardiac arrest may rely on the presence of an automatic emergency defibrillator (AED).

AEDs are increasingly more common in public spaces. They are great little devices in that they allow bystanders to assist someone in cardiac arrest without having to know any CPR. They do not need to have medical training either.

Anyone capable of following written instructions can use an AED to provide emergency first aid to a cardiac arrest victim.

It should be clear that a holistic approach to health involves being prepared. To that end, holistic health and first aid go hand-in-hand.

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