First aid is emergency help given to an injured or suddenly ill person using readily available materials. It can be as simple as removing a splinter from a child’s finger and applying a plaster to something more complicated like giving care to many casualties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The aim of first aid is the same regardless of the situation:
The 3 P’s
You don’t have a legal duty to assist a person in need of emergency care. If you don’t help an injured person, you are not at fault. Our government wants to encourage citizens to help others, so they recognise the ‘Good Samaritan Principles’. These principles protect you should you choose to help someone in need.
As a ‘Good Samaritan’ you give your help without being paid and because you genuinely wish to help a person. Whenever you help a person in an emergency situation, you should follow these four principles:
The number one rule in giving first aid is ”Give first aid safely”.
Even if you don’t have any first aid knowledge, you can help a casualty by: