Everyone has a basic idea of what is required in an emergency, but if someone was to become injured or fall ill in front of you, chances are you’d struggle with the exact skills and knowledge required unless you’d had prior training.
From how to do the Heimlich manoeuvre to giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), putting someone in the recovery position to operating a defibrillator – there’s a lot that can be learnt in first aid training that could safe a life if needed.
What to Expect From a First Aid Course
First aid training courses offer crucial skills that enable individuals to treat injuries correctly, deal with medical emergencies and provide life-saving support.
Through gaining expert training and certifications, you will be able to bring your skills to your workplace to ensure it is compliant with health and safety law. For businesses, it is a legal requirement that there are enough qualified first aiders on site at any time in order to deal with emergencies, and you could be the difference in keeping your colleagues safe, well and alive.
What Skills Do You Gain?
When it comes to the training, one of the key courses is ‘First Aid at Work’. This encompasses skills such as assessing an incident, managing an unresponsive casualty, being able to deal with a potential heart attack, stroke, anaphylactic shock, poisoning, head and spinal injuries, fractures, burns and scalds, choking, and bleeding wounds – amongst a number of other areas. It also provides you with the skills to deal with colleagues who are diabetic, asthmatic or epileptic to help them with whatever they need to stay healthy and well.
It is also possible to take a QA Level 2 Award in ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ which provides you with the added skills to deal with core emergencies. This is particularly useful if your office location is a long way from the local hospital and ambulance response times are much slower than in cities and towns. You would be able to provide an interim level of health care that will make the delay in their arrival less of a stress and concern.
Other qualifications you can gain include the ‘First Person on Scene’ course, which is a complex, detailed and extensive overview of everything needed to provide patient assessment, medical related emergency care, basic life support and respiratory management.
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