First aid saves lives – can you afford not to make this vital New Year’s resolution?
It is a stark fact that 8 out of 10 parents surveyed admitted they wouldn’t know basic first aid procedures to save their child’s life. Think about the wide range of accidents children have on a regular basis in the comfort of their own home – cuts, choking, falls, asthma attacks – and think how you would feel if it were your child, or your partner, your parent or even your pet.
Consider how confident you would feel faced with the most common medical emergencies occurring at home, school or in the workplace?
Although we all recognise the benefit of learning first aid, all too often we feel too busy to find the few hours needed to do a course, unsure about where to go for a course or what first aid basics the course should cover.
Most of us just keep our fingers crossed accidents won’t happen to us and ours. Or that if the worst happens, there will be a doctor or other medically trained person on hand to take charge and help.
If this describes you, then make 2019 the year you take control and learn first aid.
Taking a first aid course run by a highly qualified medical, health or emergency services professional teaches you life saving skills and gives you the confidence to know when and how to act in an emergency.
A practical course offers the opportunity to practise hands-on skills such as resuscitation on a manikin or helping save a choking adult, baby or child.
Our online courses couldn’t be easier – you can simply learn these vital skills as and when it suits you and we are making it even easier to fulfil this new year’s resolution by offering a 25% discount on our online courses on http://www.onlinefirstaid.com this January – using the code jan19empower (excluding our blended learning courses). You have one entire year to complete your course.
We also have a free e-book – 6 vital first aid skills every family should know
Any of the skills you learn could equip you with the knowledge you need to save a life, as well as improve the outcomes for someone who has had an accident.
Here are ten compelling reasons why learning first aid needs to the New Year’s resolution you stick to in 2019.
Reason One – First aid saves lives
Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. A Red Cross survey showed a staggering 59% of deaths from injuries would have been preventable had first aid been given before the emergency services arrived.
Reason Two – First aid reduces recovery time
First aid can have a huge impact on someone’s chances of recovery, and can mean the difference between them having a short term or more permanent disability.
Reason Three – First aid reduces hospital time
Early intervention with first aid can reduce the length of time the patient needs to stays in hospital.
Reason Four – First aid prevents medical situations deteriorating
Knowing the basics of first aid can prevent a bad situation from getting worse. Consider a patient who is bleeding from a deep cut. Without intervention, the patient could suffer severe blood loss. By applying pressure using simple first aid techniques, you can prevent a medical emergency from rapidly deteriorating and stabilise the patient until further medical help arrives.
Reason Five – First aid can reduce unnecessary visits to hospital
Not every accident ends up in hospital but still needs medical attention. Some injuries such as a bumped head, bruised knee or sprained ankle can be better managed with the correct procedure such as competent bandaging, rest or swelling reduction with a wrapped ice pack. First aid training also teaches you to prioritise injuries, giving the most seriously injured or ill the very best chance. As well as equipping you with the knowledge to establish whether someone needs further care and whether that care should be given by the GP, at a hospital or needs immediate paramedic intervention.
Reason Six – Competent first aid can reduce the amount of pain experienced by casualties
Knowing how to respond helps you stay calm in an emergency situation. Staying calm allows you to provide emotional support to the patient and help prevent them from panicking – which can often be a very effective form of pain relief. In addition, knowing how to physically move someone in pain, support their injuries and administer appropriate bandaging and dressings can also greatly reduce the amount of pain they experience.
Reason Seven – Crucial communication for the emergency services
Staying with the patient until the emergency services arrive to take over means you can convey vital information about how the patient sustained the injury or information about their condition. This information is vital to the emergency services for the effective treatment of the patient and can also aid the patient’s treatment and recovery.
Reason Eight – First aid increases awareness and reduces your susceptibility to accidents
Learning first aid and becoming alert to potential hazards and medical issues increases our health awareness and allows us to take better care of ourselves, our friends and families. It creates resilient communities and relieves pressure on the NHS.
Reason Nine – First aid makes you feel empowered
Learning first aid will give you the confidence to act appropriately when an accident occurs. It is vitally important to deal with any life-saving injuries before reaching for the phone to call for an ambulance.
It is also very useful to know when and if to move someone following an accident and when they should be kept still.
Reason Ten – Be prepared for anything
None of us know what the future has in store for us or for our loved ones. Sudden illness such as heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding and breathing difficulties require immediate attention, which after a course, you will be well equipped to provide. First aid also equips you to deal with bleeding, burns, breathlessness, bites, shocks stings, splints and fainting so whatever medical situation life throws at you, you can respond effectively.
What you might cover on your course?
Most first aid courses will cover topics such as:
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
Fitting, seizures and febrile convulsions
Acute Allergic reactions and use of an Epipen
All our courses will be tailored to your needs.
We are making it even easier to fulfil this new year’s resolution by offering a 25% discount on our online courses on http://www.onlinefirstaid.com this January – using the code jan19empower (excluding our blended learning courses). You have one entire year to complete your course.
First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning first aid training provider. Our trainers are highly experienced medical, health and emergency services professionals who will tailor the training to your needs.
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.