Why Do A First Aid Course?

Published: 04th May 2011
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Have you ever been the first individual at the scene of a serious accident? I have - a cyclist took a corner too fast and rather sharp. He came off his bike and was knocked unconscious. I went over, but I had no notion what to do. I felt sorry for him because I could not help and I felt embarrassed for myself and still do, ten years later.

This is why everyone should know the basics of First Aid. Everybody ought to know how to make an accident victim comfortable and how to resuscitate him or her if you have to until medical professionals arrive.

Everybody should know what to do in the event of accidents that produce such common events as choking, drowning, fractured limbs, heart attacks, burns, scalding and electric shock. Everyday accidents that not everyone sees each day fortunately.

A fundamental First Aid course will teach the 'Four P's', although they may call it by a different name. The Four P's are Preservation of life; Prevention of further injury; Promotion of recovery and the Protection of yourself.

This is attained by the application of 'ABC', which stands for 'Airways, Breathing and Circulation', which means that first you ought to check the nose, mouth and throat for blockages, then check for breathing and resuscitate if you have to, then reduce any bleeding with bandages and tourniquets, if necessary.

Knowledge of CPR or artificial resuscitation is also desirable and it is also a major module of any First Aid course. Artificial resuscitation should be applied when the patient has stopped breathing or the heart has stopped beating. Some fundamental training is better before applying CPR, because it can injure a patient that does not need it.

Besides just wanting to become a decent citizen, there are several other reasons why you may want to take a First Aid course. Some jobs need that those who carry them out have been on a First Aid course. Professions that might have to have knowledge of First Aid include: supervisors of children such as play school leaders, teachers, scout masters and youth club leaders.

Some jobs will more than likely provide their own First Aid course. This would almost certainly be the case in the police force and in factories where specific industrial accidents may occur such as chemical burns.

If your First Aid is a bit ropey, you should think about taking a refresher First Aid course. You will find numerous First Aid courses once you start looking. Your local community centre might arrange a First Aid course from time to time, so might your local hospital, police force, ambulance and fire services.

If not, you will invariably find a First Aid course on line. If you take a First Aid course on line, you will probably have to go to an actual test of your knowledge if you require a certificate, although all the study can be done at home, which will save time.

Before you go, here is another mnemonic to help you remember: 'BBB', breathing before bleeding, bleeding before bones' or should that be the '6 B's'?

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on numerous subjects, but is at present concerned with First Aid trainer courses. If you have an interest in First Aid as well go over to our website now at First Aid Courses Online.

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