First Aid is taught across the country every day.
Mostly, to employees, on a 1 or 3-day course as part of their company’s training programme and to comply with government legislation. An obligatory, tick box exercise; a bit like long division, something you ought to know how to do but are never likely to need in real life.
But the sobering fact is, that no matter what your job is or where you are, a life-threatening emergency could happen at any time. And, although it doesn’t always feel like it, we spend longer out of the workplace than in it, so we are much more likely to encounter an emergency situation and use any first aid skills we have at home, in the garden, at a football match, or even a concert.
When terrorists detonated suicide bombs at the Ariane Grande concert in Manchester last year and on the London Tube in 2005, people who had been taught basic lifesaving skills, were able to save their own lives and those of others, using improvised tourniquets from handbag straps and scarfs, gaining valuable, lifesaving time until the paramedics could get to them.
They showed great presence of mind because working on a dummy, in a classroom is one thing, trying to apply first aid techniques in a genuine emergency is something else entirely. It could leave you wishing you’d paid a bit more attention on that course.
One vital skill taught on First Aid courses is CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
It could mean the difference between life and death. Emergencies happen every day, everywhere and there are fewer things worse than feeling completely helpless when someone desperately needs your help.
CPR is something that everyone can benefit from learning – not just adults. The minimum age to participate in an accredited course is just 14, and while a 14-year-old may be uncomfortable applying mouth to mouth resuscitation techniques, they could still apply “hands only CPR”.
Being alert and properly trained can give a person, whatever their age, the confidence to save lives.
CPR – FAQs
What’s the point of learning CPR?
Three words: It saves lives.
In an emergency, CPR can help buy time until medical professionals arrive. While paramedics always strive to get to an emergency as quickly as possible, sometimes a patient needs instant assistance – particularly if they stop breathing.
Many cardiac arrests happen at home or in a recreational setting, places generally ill-equipped to deal with emergencies or some distance from professional help. The first five minutes of a cardiac arrest episode are the most critical in achieving a good outcome for the patient, so anyone trained in CPR is a good person to have around.
When would you use CPR?
There are many situations where administering CPR can make a difference. Some common examples include:
- near drowning at the local river or lake
- electric shock on a construction site
- suspected heart attack when in a bar in town
- drug overdose when walking in the street
The whole point is to keep oxygen flowing in the injured party’s body long enough for them to get to a hospital.
Daniel Connal Partnership offers accredited First Aid training courses which include CPR training at various venues around the country for individual attendees. Alternatively, we can come to your own premises to run group training sessions if you have sufficient space or find a convenient venue locally.
For more information on our accredited First Aid courses and CPR training, call Mark Price on 01206 751284.