We never know when we will be faced with an emergency and would have to give someone first aid. There are a lot of first aid methods that people apply and think that they are correct, but the majority of the people have been doing them wrong all along. Here at Tapoos, we have made a list of the misconceptions regarding first aid so you give yourself and the people around you better care. And know when you should not do anything unless you are a professional.
Hydrogen peroxide is famously known for being an antiseptic. A lot of people use it to clean their injuries, but till today’s date, its usefulness has been debated. Some individuals also use it to stop a wound from getting larger. But the right way to use hydrogen peroxide would be to cover the outline of the injury with it and not inside it. This is the only effective way to use it if you are not doing it this way – might as well not do it at all.
Paracetamol is something so commonly used that people take it for granted. They take it for granted in the sense that they pop it like skittles forgetting that it is a medicine after all. The whole purpose and effectiveness of paracetamol is when it is used in doses. Having too much of it causes damage to your liver, and in some cases it is life-threatening. The safe dosage of this medicine is two tablets to maximum eight tablets in the span of twenty-four hours. One should not pop them without the advice of the doctor or the pharmacist. And you should be extra cautious when it comes to medicating children.
3. Do not tilt the head back to prevent a nose bleed
We have been told to tilt our head backward in the case of a nose bleed, although that is not the correct thing to do. In a situation like this, you just end up compressing the bleeding (Yes that will work), but you are also redirecting the blood to your throat by doing that. One should always keep the head straight and press the nose with both fingers. Add a little bit of cold pack to it for faster relief.
One should never move someone after a car accident, as you do not know if they have had any spinal injuries. There could be many cases in which you move the victim, and he ends up getting paralyzed. The only reason to move such a person is if the car will catch fire. The best thing to do in such a situation is to call for professional help or the paramedics.
If one suspects poisoning, they usually want to vomit and get it out of their system. One should only do that in the case of having the food a few hours ago (Not more than 3 hours). But in most cases, vomiting is not a great idea, and one should call professional help so they can assess the course of appropriate action.
In a lot of cases, using a strap will lead to cutting off circulation to a considerable extent. The purpose of doing so is to stop bleeding not leave the arm (Of any part of the body) for amputation. A tourniquet is only useful in cases where there is extreme bleeding, and should only be used by people who are professionally trained to do so.
If someone is having a seizure, make sure they do not put anything in their mouth to stop it. People have the misconception that inserting a spoon will help them from the irrational fear of swallowing their tongue. But that could be way more dangerous, and there is no way to stop a convulsion. It will only stop on its own, the only thing one can do to help the other person is to remove things in their surroundings, so they don’t get hurt.
The damage that is done to the nerves and vessels is nominal. But sucking the venom out is not a great idea as it is not as effective and it can also cause harm to the person doing it. The best solution to treat an emergency like this is to call for professional help.