We aren’t exaggerating when we say that first aid saves lives. A Manchester University study* in 2016 showed that first aid was only attempted in around half of all cases despite someone being at the scene of the accident before the arrival of the emergency medical services 96% of the time and up to 59% of deaths from injury may have been prevented if first aid was given before the emergency medical services arrived.
If you have the knowledge, skills and confidence that a first aid course gives, then you will feel equipped to deal with whatever the future holds. Your first aid skills and knowledge will be useful anytime, anyplace, anywhere for a work colleague, a friend or family member or a stranger in the street. You can read our top tips for dealing with seizures or strokes.
If you know how to move someone in pain, correctly bandage and dress their wounds to support the injured area, this can significantly lessen the amount of pain they experience.
First aid training will give you the knowledge to prioritise injuries, this will provide you with the information to establish whether someone needs treatment and if that should be given by a doctor, a pharmacist, a paramedic or at a hospital.
The information that a well-trained first aider can communicate when the emergency services arrives on scene can aid the patient’s treatment and recovery.
Competent first aiders who react rapidly to an emergency situation can not only save lives, but will also reduce the recovery time of the patient.
If you are a trained first aider you will be more aware of hazards, particularly in the workplace, which may lead to fewer accidents because if you can spot potential risks they can be prevented.
We have all heard that ‘knowledge is power’ and this is particularly true in first aid training. Having first aid knowledge will give you the confidence to know what to do in an emergency situation.
First aid training means that you can cope with emergency with calmness, clarity and confidence. Staying cool, calm and collected will mean that you can offer support to the injured person and help prevent them from being frightened, which has been found to alleviate pain extremely well.
Sometimes being pushed out of our comfort zone is a good thing. The stories and anecdotes we hear on our first aid courses are both inspirational and challenging.
In a business the health and well-being of staff is of paramount importance and can lead to better relationships, enhanced communication and improved results. First aid training provided in the workplace can even be used as an excellent team-building exercise too as well as reducing the number of accidents (see point 7) To find out if your company complies with the law check this out By the way did you know UK business can save £8 billion per year by implementing better mental health wellbeing support in the workplace? Every company will consider having a physical first aider but what about a mental health first aider, too?
First Aiders should know where the first aid kit is located, to access it quickly, saving both time and reducing the impact of the illness or injury. (See point 6) Trained first aiders will know exactly what should be in the first aid kit and will be able to maintain it properly, so they can to use it efficiently in an emergency. By the way, if you’d like to know what should be in your First aid kit here.
When you read the bios of our trainers there is a consistent pattern that they often became First Aid trainers because they first undertook a First Aid Training course. Even if being a trainer is not your ‘thing’ you could volunteer at sporting events or music festivals with your new skills.
You can find out more about our courses here. Our practical, hands-on first aid training courses will give you all these skills and more!
Don’t put it off, invest 3 days of your life to help learn to save somebody else’s.
The research*, commissioned by the British Red Cross and carried out by Manchester University in 2016, asked more than 2,000 UK adults about their knowledge, confidence and willingness to intervene in these 3 potentially life-threatening first aid emergencies: -
i)helping someone who is bleeding heavily
ii) is unresponsive and breathing
iii) or is unresponsive and not breathing.
Only 1 in 20 people would feel knowledgeable, confident and willing to act in those three scenarios, 95% would not. How about you?
First Response (First Aid) Ltd have some of the most amazing trainers out there and anybody who has had the pleasure of attending any one of the many courses would fully agree with this statement.
Well done team First Response (First Aid) Ltd and a big thank you goes out to our customers for providing us with so much positive feedback.
Last week we shared the story of MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton who recently resuscitated his 4-year-old daughter, Darcy, using first aid he half-remembered from a Scuba diving first aid course he attended some 25 years ago.
Would you know what to do? The vital thing is that the injured person receives medical attention as quickly as possible.
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