World First Aid Day September 8th 2018
Began in 2000 World First Aid Day is the second Saturday September each year. This year it is September 8th. First organised by more than 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world this global event is about raising public awareness of how first aid can save lives. Even in everyday situations as well as those we would, think of as an emergency such as a car crash.
Basic first aid skills save lives. Yes, it is great to know how to deal with complex illnesses and know which pills you take for which illness, but even non-expert laypeople can do some basic things to save lives.
Additionally, you can always wait for the paramedic to arrive before taking action. YOU may be the one who has to help some, and World First Aid Day is all about spreading the word that basic skills save lives.
One of the simplest ways to save a life is knowing how to deal with someone who is choking. Here at First Aid Training Co-operative we have developed a series of videos to demonstrate simple life saving first aid techniques. The video showing how to deal with an adult who is choking is below.
Did you know the Red Cross started as a humanitarian organisation conceived after a battle in northern Italy sparked an idea that has since changed the world. On 24 June 1859, Henry Dunant, a young Geneva businessman, witnessed horrifying suffering and agony following the battle of Solferino. He went on to start the Red Cross.