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What does first aid training involve?


The thought of learning first aid training may be daunting to some who do not know what to expect on the course. As many first aid training courses differ with exactly what is taught, it can be hard to find exact details on what you can expect from your first aid training.

Therefore, here is a brief summary of some of the content you can be expected to be taught on a first aid course and what it takes to become a qualified first aid trained member of staff.

The techniques

Most first aid courses will teach you the basic techniques needed in order to save a person’s life, should the worst happen.   The Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course is the most commonly taught course for first aiders at work.  It will teach you CPR which enables you to resuscitate a person who has stopped breathing, how to deal with an unconscious casualty and to deal with choking and shock.

Learning CPR is one of the things  trainees find most daunting but it is essential that you are taught the proper technique if it is to be effective in an emergency. As part of the CPR training, you may also be taught how to use a defibrillator. A defibrillator uses pads to administer an electric shock to the heart in order to get it beating if it should stop. Many buildings now have defibrillator machines inside or outside in order to help an unconscious patient while you await an ambulance.

Other techniques you are likely to be taught are how to treat some of the most common injuries such as bone fractures, sprains and burns, how to stop bleeding and also how to recognise some illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and epilepsy and how to deal with them. First aid administered quickly and correctly to these types of injuries and illnesses can help ensure that the patient recovers  quickly and does not deteriorate whilst you await the assistance of a paramedic.

Your first aid course may also cover how to spot certain common symptoms of serious illness such as the early signs of a stroke or heart attack. Being able to recognise the early signs of these illnesses can be potentially lifesaving.

The paperwork

Another important aspect of becoming first aid trained is the correct procedure on reporting and recording an accident. If you are training to become first aid qualified for your work then you will need to know how you will be expected to record and accident or injury as, by law, all accidents at work must be reported in an accident log.

Some courses will ask you to complete an exam at the end of your training course, which you will need to pass in order to receive your first aid accreditation. Others will assess you during practical sessions throughout the course. Your first aid training will need to be refreshed regularly in order for your certification to remain valid. Most certificates last for 3 years.


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