You’re on your regular jogging circuit and suddenly you feel dizzy and lose balance. Sometimes a child is enjoying a summer swim when his leg cramps up and now, he is in danger. A fall from the jungle gym in the playground can be potentially dangerous.
These are times when we wish there was someone near and that they could help us.
Maybe a fellow runner who knows exactly how to help us, or a dive instructor or life guard who knows how to ease a cramp and calm the child, or a teacher or administrator who knows how to handle a deep wound and blood loss.
If you’ve ever been in some medical distress with no hospital in sight, this won’t even be a debate for you.
But as always, there are two sides to each story.
So it may not come as a surprise that there are people who are against the teaching of life-saving skills. Here are a few reasons why:
Cons of Teaching First Aid to Everyone
- For school children, these classes can add to the existing burden of subjects, studies and extra- curricular activities. First aid classes are not a one-time thing and require a time commitment in the school year. These skills need to be updated, meaning more classes. How does a young student cope?
- The important issue here is at what age should a person start? Would you trust a child to make a decision that has the potential to be life or death? It’s not a comforting thought for the child or the person who needs help.
These are important questions but can be worked around.
Reasons to Teach First Aid to Everyone
- What if we could take ten minutes of play time each day or do a small piece during school assembly? A subject need not be dropped and the student learns too.
- While we do not expect students to take on life saver roles for others, think about this- would you rather have the help of a young person, or no help at all? It could be something as simple as calling 911 or holding bandages in place. Help is valuable in times of medical need
Here are some other reasons why first aid, including CPR should be taught to one and all.
- Teaching first aid creates a sense of community among people. Once we realize that we can help one another to lead better lives, we may not turn away from an opportunity to come to the aid of someone.
- Not everyone has access to medical professionals. How many people would we know who have gone through the complete ACLS pretest and then qualified for the exam? So knowing first aid and CPR helps take the pressure off professionals.
- First aid and CPR are the first line of defense and protection in so many cases. We know that a patient, who’s received either or both, has a higher chance of making it to the other side. Can there be a more compelling reason to make sure that everyone learns life-saving skills?