INTRODUCTION: Cases of trauma still becomes a health problem in almost all countries causing death in few cases. In some developing countries, the insidences of head injury tend to increase. One of the reasons for the many death and disability may be due to the inavailability and inadequacy of pre-hospital first aid.
AIM: The general objective of this study is to find out the description of community first responder in providing pre-hospital first aid to head injuries.
METHODS: This study uses qualitative descriptive method.
RESULTS: Most of the respondents have variety of educational backgrounds and do not have sufficient knowledge and skills to provide first aid. The average respondents provided help by performing initial assessment, managing effective airway and controlling bleeding. Limited pre-hospital facilities become one of the reasons for respondent not getting help so the efforts provided are not maximal. Respondents prefer to send patients directly to health facilities.
CONCLUSION: Regular education and training programs for the community first responders should be initiated so that the number of death and disability can be minimized.
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