Can you respond to a first aid emergency?

Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to realise just how important first aid training is until an emergency happens, and they realise they have no idea what to do.

At this time, it is too late, and a person’s life could be in danger because no one is able to provide basic life support until an ambulance arrives.

The obvious way to avoid this kind of awful situation is to undergo first aid training as a precautionary measure. Many people do it through work, as groups of employees are often sent on the first aid at work courses for the good of the business.

In a first aid course, you will learn how to appropriately respond to a wide range of emergency situations. Amongst many other things, you will learn how to:

  • Manage or stop bleeding
  • Treat shock
  • Give CPR
  • Bandage and treat wounds
  • Deal with unconsciousness
  • Keep the person calm until ambulance crews can arrive

A lot of the things you learn may seem basic, but something as simple as putting pressure on a bleeding wound or reassuring a panicking victim can actually save lives.

You can also take first aid training courses relating to anaphylaxis (allergic reactions) or paediatric first aid, to help you respond to more emergency situations.