What would your initial reaction be if a child in your care started choking on a grape? Would you know what steps to take if someone started having an asthma attack? And if a family member had a head injury, would you spot the signs of concussion?
These are all common occurences, but the vast majority of people say that they wouldn’t know what to do if someone close by needed emergency first aid care. More shocklingly, eight out of ten parents wouldn’t know the basic first aid procedures that could help save their child’s life. Basic first aid can be the difference between life and death and can have a huge impact on someone’s chance of recovery, the amount of pain they are in and how long they need to be in hospital. Prompt first aid can often mean that the casualty recovers completely, without the need for medical intervention at all.
What will I learn?
Most first aid courses will cover:
- Action at an emergency – priorities of treatment
- What to do if someone is unconscious and breathing (the recovery position – for adults, children and babies)
- What to do if someone is unconscious and not breathing
- CPR – differences between adult, baby and child CPR
- Choking – theory and practical
- Preparing for an emergency – things to think about before the event
- First Aid Kits
- Bleeding – nose bleeds, objects in nose & ears, amputated parts, eye injuries
- Burns – electrocution, scalds and fire
- Poisoning – corrosive and non-corrosive
- Head injury – concussion & compression
- Spinal Injuries
- Fitting and febrile convulsions
- Acute Allergic reactions and use of an Epipen
Taking a first aid course run by a highly qualified medical, health or emergency services professional will not only teach you these life-saving skills, but it will also give you the confidence you need to act appropriately, if (or when!) an accident occurs. Understanding when you should phone for an ambulance is key, as it is vitally important to deal with any life-threatening injuries before reaching for the phone. It is also extremely important to know both when and how to move someone, following an accident – and when they should be kept still.
A practical course will offer you the chance to try resuscitation on a manikin, remove an obstruction from a choking baby and learn hands-on life-saving skills. All the skills you learn could equip you with the knowledge you need to save a life!
First Aid for Life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.