The primary goals of first aid
In this blog post we describe the primary goals of first aid – the three Ps and the three Bs!
The 3p’s – The Primary Goals of First Aid
There are three primary goals of first aid. They are known as The 3 P’s and are as follows:
- Preserve life
- Prevent further injury
- Promote recovery
Easy enough, basic common sense. If you want to learn more you can read our blog post on the Three Ps of First Aid.
But how does one actually preserve life or promote recovery? In order to accomplish The 3 P’s you need to follow The 3 B’s, of which include the use of the ABCs.
The 3 B’s Are – The Core First Aid Skills
No matter what first aid course you take they will teach you about the 3 B’s. These three skills are considered core in any first aid training and provide the basis of all other first aid information. They help you preserve life, prevent further injury and promote recovery. The 3 B’s are:
And they should always be followed in this given order. This means a first aider should attend to the breathing of a patient before checking for bleeding or broken bones. Where do the ABCs come in?
ABC is a mnemonic we use to help remember the proper procedure to follow when dealing with someone who is not breathing. Remember, the first thing we have to do is check for breathing. ABC stands for Airway, Breathing and Circulation.
It is the order of the steps taken to get a person breathing again. The 3 B’s and ABC are the foundation of your first aid training.
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