30 Sep 2017

Did you know? The most important facts on the subject of first aid

It is often many years since the last first aid training – and it is therefore not surprising that most people are unable to cope when they arrive at the scene of an accident. Malte, a volunteer paramedic, is pleased to help by answering the most important questions and reminding us what we should do.  

An accident is not an everyday situation, so it is only natural that people might start panicking. A previous article already featured one’s duties should they find themselves in such a situation as well as ways to overcome the initial fear of doing something wrong.

Anyone who feels the need for a quick reminder should not hesitate to check it out.

Now, once someone is ready to provide first aid the next question arises: How exactly are they supposed to do it? – The answers can be found in the interview below.


What should be done next? Is there a fixed procedure or a type of checklist which should be followed?

Yes, the procedure given in the textbooks is as follows:


  • count to ten slowly and then assess the situation
  • make the scene of the accident safe
  • move the casualties away from the danger area
  • perform first aid measures
  • call the emergency services
  • continue to perform first aid measures


If it is reasonably possible, you can also call the emergency services whilst making the scene of the accident safe


In your opinion, what are the most important first aid tricks which everyone should know? And what should we pay attention to?

Very important: don’t be alone! Find someone who can also help. Actively ask others – the more people who are involved, the more help can be given. And above all, you are then not alone with your anxieties.

Furthermore, everyone should be able to perform resuscitation and put casualties in the recovery position.

These two things can really help save lives. Here, the motto is practice, practice, practice – it will then be easier to implement the knowledge as and when required.


What should be generally observed when providing first aid?

Being there for the casualty – this is often forgotten. Speak with him, maybe hold his hand and keep him informed. Tell him, what is happening around him, for example that the scene has been made safe and that the emergency services are on their way.

This is very valuable to the casualty – don’t forget: although it is an extreme situation for you as a helper, it is much more frightening for the casualty.

Additionally, everyone should know what they have in their first aid kit in their car and make sure that it’s up to date.

From personal experience, I can also say: remain at the scene of the accident until professional help arrives. And let the police note your name as a first aider. Only then will you be able to later find out the condition of the casualty.


How often do you think people should refresh their knowledge? Can you recommend a specific course or an online alternative?

The first aid course should be repeated at least every one to two years. This is best done through one of the established charities.

I don’t find online courses to be of much use as practical exercises are very important in first aid. It is much easier to recall the important things in extreme situations when they have been practiced before.

A first aid course can actually be fun if you do it with the right people (friends, family, colleagues).


Thank you Malte!


Malte Wolman is a passionate carsharing user and, as Media Manager, is in charge of film productions for the Daimler AG. In his spare time, he is voluntarily on call for the German Red Cross and has been driving part time as a paramedic for the ambulance service for 7 years.


Have you ever been in such a situation? What experiences and tips can you pass on?