As students all over the country prepare to head to university after a turbulent year, now more than ever its sensible to get them to think about their health and how to deal with university first aid issues. You will be surprised by the amount of things that can be found in your home that are suitable for every day first aid emergencies. Many courses will teach you how to stock a first aid kit, tie a bandage, or put on a sling. Indeed, you can find all of that on one of our courses too but. What about when you are caught out?
The lovely first aid kit you usually use is back at your parents house! First aid encompasses a hundred different things but the main priorities of first aid always remain the same:
- Preserve Life
- Prevent worsening
- Promote recovery
Obviously if you have a option, then your first choice would always be in date medical supplies, that are clean and sterile. In real life though not everyone has these to hand. Part of first aid is thinking on your feet and adapting to what you have, and how the casualty responds.
As a mother (and an ex university student!) I often found myself thrust into first aid situations when least expected. The fall on the walk to school causing a graze, the sprained foot at football training, maybe the cut from falling on glass when leaving the university bar!
For many of these situations you wouldn’t have a first aid kit to hand but what about one of these?
- Clean towel/tea towel
- Casualties own clothes
- Ice pack
- Blanket or rug
- Safety pin
All of these items can be used for first aid, personally I have used most of them at some point! Scarves can make excellent temporary slings, as can folding over the causalities top onto itself and just pinning the edges. Ice packs are excellent for bumps, bruises, sprains and strains. Just remember not to apply directly to the skin!
Blankets, picnic rugs and quilts are perfect for treating a casualty from shock, or to place over someone as they recover from a seizure.
Clingfilm is found in most kitchens and is an excellent use as a temporary measure for treating burns. Ensure you cool the burn under cool water for 20 minutes. Then wrap clean cling film loosely over the burn.
Any clean non fluffy items such as tea towels are great to treat bleeding. Just remember never use anything fluffy or the particles will come off into the wound.
One final university first aid tip: Always place drunk people in the recovery position to sleep. This is in case they vomit in their sleep, this way the fluid will drain out. Best not to leave them unattended either if possible!