Why Learn First Aid?

Why Learn First Aid?

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There are many reasons why people don’t take First Aid training programs;

  • They are too busy
  • They don’t know where they can get training
  • They are afraid of examinations
  • They have memories of boring courses with strict exams, bandages and knots!
  • They think that they already have enough knowledge, or
  • They think that accidents happen to other people not to them or their friends, family and colleagues.

If you ask anybody who has taken a recent training course if they feel if it was worthwhile they will say “Yes”. Many of our students have come back to us after their training and told us how when something happened, they felt much more confident for having taken the course.

It does more than help save lives.

While first aid training can certainly help save lives, its not the only benefit. Giving appropriate first aid immediately can help to reduce a person’s recovery time and make the difference between the patient having a temporary or long term disability. By doing training you are more likly to remain calm in an emergency situation. You will learn simple acronyms to help you recall the steps you need to take. First aid training will give you confidence in the skills you learn and leave you more prepared to act in an emergency.

It enables you to increase patient comfort.

Not all incidents, accidents or illnesses are life threatening or even require a trip to hospital. However they are still distressing to the patient. A child who is experiencing a fever or who is upset due to a sprain or a strain is often quite afraid and in pain. Having first aid training gives you the confidence to carry out simple techniques, such as applying an icepack. As you are aware of the correct actions you will fell calmer and be more able to reassure the casualty. Both of these measures will result in the casualty getting the emotional support they need. This will make them feel safer and reduce their anxiety. Our trainers who work in healthcare often note that the “thank you” messages are for the emotional support given, not for the fancy medical procedure

It gives you tools to prevent the situation from becoming worse.

In certain cases the absence of rapid first aid can cause the casualty to deteriorate, often rapidly. Providing basic first aid mesaures immediately will frequently slow down the casualty’s condition. This can be as simple as reassuring a casualty and therefore preventing shock, or learning how to manage bleeding by improvising household items, therefore slowing it down until professional help can arrive.

You will also learn what questions to ask before the emergency services arrive. The ambulance service will require certain information about what happened, and the casualty’s previous medical history. You can start getting this prepared while the ambulance is en route, thereby becoming a valuable link in the chain of survival.

It creates the confidence to care.

By taking first aid training you will have a basic knowledge that will give you confidence to administer first aid in an emergency. It allows you to stay calm and confident, even if others respond inappropriately. This confidence can be useful both in work, and out of work.

It encourages healthy and safe living.

First aid training covers topics such as risk factors for heart disease and stroke. You will learn about the signs and symptoms of heart attack. You will learn about common medical conditions and how they occur.

Good first aid trainers will also be happy to explain common misconceptions and give the rationale for the correct care.

It encourages healthy and safe living.

We offer training at all levels.

Some clients choose to hold short “lunch and learn” sessions to gain interest from staff in doing the full first aid training. Families, particularly first time parents and grandparents, may arrange a “family first aid” session for their extended family. Contact us to discuss your needs.