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Beyond Band-Aids: Why First Aid Matters in Pakistan

Updated: Mar 18

CPR, First Aid, Pakistan

Imagine finding yourself at the scene of an accident or witnessing someone suddenly collapse. In those heart-pounding moments, your actions can make a significant impact on the outcome. But it’s not just about rushing in with good intentions; it’s about knowing what to do and, equally important, what not to do. 

In the absence of proper care, even an innocent scrape can lead to infection, scarring, and long-term discomfort. This becomes even more concerning when dealing with more serious emergencies, like choking, cardiac arrest, or broken bones. In such critical moments having basic first aid knowledge can be a lifesaver.

The human body is incredibly resilient, but its ability to heal effectively often relies on immediate and correct first-aid intervention. Here's why everyone must prioritise learning the basics.

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Despite the purest of intentions, misconceptions and lack of proper knowledge about first aid can lead to colossal damages making the emergency harder to deal with. Misconceptions such as applying heat to a sprain or fracture or attempting to “help” by moving someone who has been in a car crash can make the situation more complicated. This can worsen spinal or neck injuries, potentially causing permanent paralysis. This is tragically exemplified in the case of Muniba Mazari, a Pakistani activist who suffered from a spinal cord transection when she was pulled out of the car after being in a car crash. Similarly, applying ice directly to burns or using home remedies for serious wounds can delay proper medical attention and lead to further complications.

Statistics speak volumes. Studies show that bystanders trained in CPR can double the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims. This is crucial, considering a staggering 60% of sudden cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals, according to the American Heart Association. These numbers highlight the vital role of bystanders with first-aid knowledge.

First-aid knowledge isn't just for major emergencies. It can be as simple as recognizing signs of heatstroke, treating allergic reactions, or knowing how to properly stop bleeding from a minor cut. These basic skills can make a significant difference in everyday situations and potentially save lives.

Seventy percent of bystanders reported feeling helpless during medical emergencies due to a lack of first-aid knowledge, according to a Journal of Emergency Medicine study. This finding supplements the urgent need for widespread first-aid training among the public.

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Learning first-aid isn't just about individual well-being; it's about building a safer and more responsible society. Pakistan faces abundant challenges in emergency response. While major cities have some services, remote areas often lack access to rapid medical care due to their spread-out nature, poor infrastructure, and limited hospitals. This means first aid knowledge becomes even more critical as help might be hours away. By learning and applying first aid, individuals can significantly improve the chances of survival in these situations, creating a safer society.

Mohafiz Junior is playing a vital role in addressing this gap in knowledge and aims to train the future generation in essential first-aid skills, not only empowering individuals to cater to emergencies but also teaching them to recognize potential risks beforehand and creating a safer tomorrow. This holistic approach is crucial for building a proactive and prepared society. 

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So, the next time you have the opportunity, take a first-aid course, brush up on your knowledge, and remember: having the right information at hand can make all the difference in the face of an emergency. By supporting organisations like Mohafiz Junior and taking individual initiatives, we can collectively build a future where everyone is equipped to handle life's unexpected moments.

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