Every year, thousands of people die or suffer due to the lack of knowledge about measures to prevent emergencies and lack of the necessary knowledge to manage health problems and risky behavior, or because in emergencies they did not receive appropriate assistance, or this assistance was not provided on time.
Thus, a number of communities worldwide are facing these crises.
However, about half of these tragedies could be avoided if at the accident scene would be someone able to provide correctly and timely the first aid, until the arrival of the professional medical assistance.
Moldova Red Cross Society has already trained thousands of people in basic first aid. The training has a duration of 10 hours, a content focused on practice and covers the following main topics:
- Psychological support
- Chest pain
- Asphyxiation of adult
- Asphyxiation of child
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation of adults
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation of children
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation of infants
- Simple wounds
- Severe wounds
- Injuries of the back, neck, or head
- Simple burns
- Severe Burns
Following the completion of the course, participants receive the First Aid Certificate confirmed by Moldova Red Cross and National Center for Emergency Medicine. The certificate is recognized by European First Aid Centre and the first aid training meets the European standards in this field.
To register for the basic training in first aid, please contact the Red Cross branch in the region where you live.
Everyone is vulnerable
There may be achieved significant improvements if more people would have first aid knowledge.
It is essential to develop not only the intervention means and effective delivery of care, but also the ability of each person to save and protect lives, including their own, both in the benefit of their family and community.
Everyone can protect and save lives
First aid is a state of mind, an action-oriented attitude and a set of actions and practices that aim to prevent, prepare for and provide a response to emergencies. These circumstances may include illnesses, diseases, heart attacks, road accidents, domestic injuries etc.
In emergencies, the aim of immediate response is to reduce the impact of these conditions on health, in order to stabilize and treat the victim until professional help is available or necessary.
First aid is by no means a replacement for emergency services; it is a vital initial step for providing effective and swift action that helps to reduce serious injuries and improve the chances of survival. Taking immediate action and applying the appropriate techniques makes a difference when saving lives. For the Red Cross/ Red Crescent, first aid is a key pillar for building safer, more resilient communities, which in turn are best-placed to increase the impact of disaster preparedness and reduce risks to health.
Persons who provide first aid offer a model of society that goes beyond borders, where the rule is mutual aid, where men and women who suffer are helped regardless of nationality, religion or ethnicity, simply because human dignity should be respected. A warm smile, a comforting touch, a careful look can make the difference.
First aid promotes solidarity, generosity and altruism that exist in each of us and gives a new dimension to the community spirit.
All of us should be interested, because we are all vulnerable, but yet everyone can protect and save lives.
For more information about the first aid techniques and principles, see the first aid manual of Moldova Red Cross "Gestures that save", available in Romanian and Russian, or contact the Red Cross branch in your region for basic first aid training.