Ten first aid mistakes explained by a professional someone's in danger,of course people rushed to help but even if these good Samaritans mean well and are being very brave and selfless,they can end up putting the victim and even more danger. if they dont know how to properly administer first aid,thats why its crucial to avoid these 10 common and very dangerous mistakes.and learn what you should do instead.

Number 10,tilting your head back during a nosebleed, nosebleeds can be common since there's so many blood vessels in the nose that are highly sensitive to things like dry air and well fingers,there are some situations where nosebleeds are caused by an underlying health issue, in which case youd need to seek advice from a medical professional no matter what the reason we've all been told to tilt our head back whenever we have a nosebleed,but it's high time to ditch this old habit,tiling your bead back can make the blood travel from your nose to your throat which means you could find yourself choking on or swallowing blood, the best thing to do instead is to apply steady pressure to the bridge of your nose for at least 20 minutes,youll have to breathe through your mouth this whole time but youll safely stop the bleeding.

Number 9,forcing a fainted person to sit up when someone faints,our immediate course of action is to try to set them up especially when shaking them doesn't seem to be helping,instead of all that,always start by checking their breathing and pulse,if that's all good,leave them on the ground but raise their legs about 12 inches off the floor,loosen any restrictive clothing as well.once they regain consciousness,dont rush to help them back up as this can just cause them to faint again.

Number eight,putting heat on a sprain or fracture,I should be used for acute situations like suddenly spraining your ankle heat is for chronic conditions like back pain,heat on a sprain or fracture only increases blood flow and leads to more swelling,the way to go for these types of injuries is always to ice it at first,the ice will help reduce any swelling bruising and muscle spasms,never place an ice pack directly on your skin and be sure to leave it on for at least 20 minutes.

Number seven,trying to remove debris from your body if you step on some glass,for example your gut reaction will be to pull those shards out of your skin yourself, but if the tool you use isn't sterile or if you underestimate how deep the wound is you risk getting an infection and doing further damage. so make sure youre using a clean sterile tool or leave it in the hands and professionals when it comes to debris in your eye,its best to dose your eye put a piece of gauze over it,and head to the hospital.

Number six,treating a burn too quickly the first step to treating a burn is to run it under cool water,but a common mistake is to just do it for a few seconds or a couple of minutes tops, if the water is to actually help the skin you need to hold the burn under it for at least 20 minutes.the heat from the burn can go deep across several layers of skin,so even if your skin is cool on the surface the heat can still be trapped underneath which is why you need to expose it to cool water for such a long time.

Number five. going straight into the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, the Red Cross has updated their guidelines on how to give first aid to choking victims,so instead of going straight for the Heimlich maneuver,here's what youre supposed to do instead stand behind the victim,lean them forward and give their back five quick blows with the heel of your hand, only if that doesn't work at first can you follow it up with the Heimlich maneuver,administer five quick abdominal thrusts and keep doing it until the Airways unobstructed.

Number four,putting something in a seizing person's mouth in a panic induced state at seeing someone having a seizure,a lot of people immediately try to block the person's mouth for fear of the victim biting their own tongue,this is actually dangerous for the victim and for the person trying to help, another mistake is trying to restrain the persons movements,the thing to do instead is to turn the person over onto their side which will help them breathe easier also dear out the area of any dangerous objects the victim could hurt themselves on,most seizures only lasts no more than five minutes,so you have to stay calm if it goes past that however,it's time to call for help.

Number three prioritizing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for heart attack victims,when it comes to cardiac conditions like a heart attack the first step is to always dial emergency medical services then administer chest compressions or CPR,according to the American Heart Association,CPR can double or even triple the chances of someone survival even if the victim isn't breathing and there isn't a heartbeat.the body hes enough oxygen that you can help it circulate thanks to CPR.a common mistake is to think that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is more important than chest compressions, but that's not the case according to the guidelines for CPR set by the American Heart Association so now you know that if a person near you collapses from a cardiac condition focus on chest compressions and don't go near their face

Number two,not knowing what you're doing again, good Samaritans mean well when it comes to helping someone in an emergency situation,but if you dont know how to for instance administer CPR or the Heimlich maneuver correctly you can end up doing more harm than good.for example someone might try to give CPR and forget that you have to tilt the victims head back to keep the airway open that can be a very dangerous blunder,that's why the first line of action in all serious first aid situations is to call for help and let a professional guide you through what you need to do.

Number one,using a tourniquet for a bleeding wound,yes,tourniquets can stop a person from bleeding but its no a fix all solution for any type of wound,someone has a deep wound in their arm or leg,applying a tourniquet can stop the blood flow to the entire limb which can actually starve the tissues of oxygen and possibly lead to amputation,using a tourniquet should never be the first choice,you know by now that your firs course of action should be to call for an ambulance while they're on their way,apply downward pressure with your hands onto a major wound that's bleeding out,if you have sterile gauze,then use so that you don't transfer bacteria from your hands to the wound this method can even stop bleeding from a large vein or artery,once the bleeding has stopped,wrap the wound securely with gauze,only use a tourniquet if after all this theyre still uncontrolled bleeding but by this time,the paramedie should be closed,have you ever had to administer first aid to someone?let us know in the comments below.