Today, is World First Aid Day, celebrated around the world on the second Saturday of September every year.
The theme for this year is “You do not need a license to save lives”.
The theme has been created to draw attention to the rate of motor vehicle accidents and how the public can help as it is well known that many people injured in motor vehicle accidents will not survive unless timely first aid is provided.
The application of first aid techniques prior to the arrival of emergency services can mean the difference between life and death.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) introduced World First Aid Day in 2000.
Each year, more than 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world organise events to raise public awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday and crisis situations.
It is an annual campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.
This World First Aid Day, the Cook Islands Red Cross Society is calling on all Cook Islanders to ensure that they have the skills necessary to save lives when an emergency happens.
First Aid is the first help or treatment given to a sick or injured person (casualty) before the arrival of further medical assistance.
First Aid given by someone trained in the basic skills can help save a life or prevent someone’s condition from worsening.
Not only can first Aid skills save a life, it can also help people make informed decisions and recognise early warning signs of medical conditions such as a heart attack, stroke and other medical conditions so that it can be treated immediately.
First Aid training is a great way to teach people how to manage and deliver the basic skills needed for emergency situations whether it is in the workplace, home or at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
First Aid training provides more than the knowledge and skills to effectively respond to emergencies, it also provides the confidence to act when needed.
Cook Islands Red Cross offers First Aid training courses to provide people with the basic necessary skills and knowledge that can be applied to any emergency situation.
Topics include basic life support - infant, child, adult CPR and choking, AED use, bleeding and specific wounds and medical conditions.
If you would like your staff or family to be equipped with life saving skills through taking a first aid course – contact our Cook Islands Red Cross Society First Aid coordinator Patience Vainerere-Maoate on 22598.
Vainerere-Maoate believes that first aid should be accessible to all.
“We believe that first aid should be accessible to all including the most vulnerable, and should also be an important part of a wider developmental approach.”