We continually hear on the news when first aid skills have saved someone’s life. Whether it is being able to help following a stabbing or serious bleed, recognising Sepsis, or helping someone who is choking – it has never been more vital to learn first aid and to feel confident using these skills. Ensure you are totally up to date and if it is something you have been meaning to learn – book in and join one of our practical or online courses now.
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? We will help you prioritise injuries and illnesses, learn when you need to call an ambulance, go to a walk in centre, or your GP. Or when you can provide first aid care at home.
These are all common occurrences, 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 shockingly, 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.
First aid is not just for adults.
It’s also very important for teenagers to also know and be confident in using basic first aid skills. Young people are among the most likely age group to take risks, so it is vital that they know what do to if something goes wrong. This could be helping a friend with alcohol poisoning or knowing what to do when seeing someone who has suffered a nasty fall. Although 97% of young people believe that first aid education would improve their ability to act in a crisis, 46% of young people panicked when in an emergency situation and were unable to help. This needs to change, and a great way to ensure that young people get a better knowledge of first aid is to enrol them on a first aid course.
At First Aid for Life, we run First Aid courses for teenagers, covering basic first aid skills such as CPR and the recovery position, as well as first aid skills targeted at young people. These include training in what to do in a drugs and alcohol related first aid emergency and sporting injuries.
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What will I learn?
Most of our 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
All of our courses fully comply with the latest Resuscitation Council guidelines
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.