Get a introduction to first aid training right here and learn skills that can help you to help protect your community, friends, family and work colleagues. This page has two aims, firstly to introduce you to first aid and to also advice you on how to find a appropriate training course that meets your exact needs. Secondly to demonstrate to you the basic techniques of first aid by giving you a step by step guide on how to deal with various emergency situation like; heart attacks, choking, head injuries, poisoning and road traffic accident victims.
It must be pointed out that the training information and guidance on this page are no substitute for any real practical classroom based first aid training courses.
The importance of having first aid skills
They are important because you just never know when a emergency or accident situation might arise and you might need them. It could be in your workplace, while out shopping or when your at home. Wherever you are, by offering any first aid training you have could literally be the difference between life and death. First aiders who know how to administer immediate medical attention to someone who has suffered injuries or been taken ill can prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones and can even save lives.
First aid training courses will show you how to;
- Deal with everyday minor accidents.
- Treat an unconscious and breathing casualty.
- Effect adult and child resuscitation.
- Treat minor cuts, grazes, bleeding and burns.
- Use the contents of a First Aid Kit.
- Avoid cross infection.
- Deal with someone who is choking.
- Comfort and relax someone who is in shock.
- Deal with burns and scalds.
- Offer emergency first aid to someone who has become ill or injured whilst at work.
Questions to ask any first aid training providers;
- Do they have any training venues close to where you are.
- How long will the course last, one day, three days etc.
- Confirm that a first aid certificate is issued only a course has been completed successfully.
The different types of first aid courses available
Basic First Aid
CPR and use of AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
First Aid for babies and children
Requalification First Aid courses
First Aid for the workplace
FIRST AID TUTORIALS – what to do and also what NOT to do in the following emergency situations
Treating a bleeding cut
Minor cuts will typically stop bleeding on their own. However if this is not the case then your initial priority should be to stop the bleeding. Do this by;
- Using a clean cloth apply gentle pressure to the cut. Depending on the wound, it can take anywhere up to 15 minutes of continuous pressure for this to be effective.
If the bleeding is severe, spurting or is not stopping them call the emergency services immediately.
If you have been successful in stopping the bleeding then your next objective should be to clean the cut. Do this by flushing and cleaning it with clean water. If there is any dirt in the would then try to remove it with a sterile utensil. When cleaning it be very careful not to push any dirt further into a open cut, as this can cause a infection. Avoid using soap directly on the cut as that may irritate it.
Once you have cleaned up the wound the next stage is to apply a antibiotic cream to it and cover it with a clean medical bandage. Make sure to change the bandage every with a fresh one until the wound has visibly healed. At all times look for signs swelling, redness of puss as these are normally indications of infection. If this is the case then you need to seek immediate medical attention.
Links to other training courses
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Disclaimer – please read
Any content on this page is provided for general information only, it should not be seen as a substitute for the professional medical advice of any doctor or health care professional. Users should consult their own GP if they are concerned in any way about their health. Dayjob.com is not liable or responsible for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of this page.