In this series of videos, we will learn the basics and fundamental practices of First Aid.
First Aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
A basic First Aid skill is knowing how to tie bandages in different health-related situations:
Bandages can be used to:
- Hold a dressing in place over a wound
- Create pressure over a bleeding wound to control the haemorrhage
- Secure a splint to an injured part of the body
- Provide support to an injured part of the body
Here, St John Ambulance trainer Susan Bugby demonstrates how to bandage a hand.
The most important thing to ensure is the bandage extends far beyond the injury site to maintain even pressure to the wound. Once the hand has been bandaged, the First Aider should squeeze the casualty’s fingernails to test their hand’s circulation, and loosen the bandage if it is too tight.
Learn more about bandaging a hand, here.
St John Ambulance is a volunteer-led, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the teaching and practice of First Aid, and the support of the national emergency response system in England.
View the previous video in this series here.
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