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Why First Aid training is important


If you work in a setting where there are children or you are a parent, First Aid is imperative knowledge that we should all learn. Having worked myself for many years as a nanny and a maternity nurse I can’t stress the vital importance of training in First Aid.

It is equally important in any workplace, as accidents could occur at any time. Professional First Aid Courses are invaluable and also informative and give that little extra peace of mind that you know how to deal with certain situations.

There are many options of online courses as well as face-to-face group sessions that you could attend. These lessons cover the main topics that will give you the basic First Aid knowledge.

These are:

  • Managing an unresponsive casualty – Someone who is unresponsive is in a state when their awareness of the environment is lost. It could be because of fainting or caused by a serious illness or injury, but acting quickly could be vital.
  • CPR – CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and is a life-saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t.
  • Choking – Choking occurs when a foreign object lodges in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain a rapid first aid response is the difference between life and death.
  • Shock – Shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body is not getting enough blood flow. Lack of blood flow means the cells and organs do not get enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Many organs can be damaged as a result.
  • Wounds and bleeding and minor injuries  – Knowing how to attend to wounds can prevent serious life-threatening blood loss.

Particularly if you work in a childcare environment learning about Anaphylaxis is very important as lots of children have allergies, It is a severe allergic reaction to food, venom or medication. Most cases are caused by a bee sting or eating foods that are known to cause allergies, such as peanuts or certain seeds or fruits. Knowing how to react quickly is imperative. Some children may have a epi-pen that will need to be injected quickly.

Not every accident ends up in hospital but it may still need medical attention. Some injuries, such as a bumped head, bruised knee or sprained ankle can be managed if someone understands how to bandage correctly, or reduce swelling with a wrapped ice pack. This then takes the strain off of the emergency services. 

I can’t recommend First Aid courses enough, and regularly refreshing your memory of the topics is also very important too.

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Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: April 21, 2021 | Posted in: HEALTH & WELLBEING

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