In reality very few members of the population participate in any form of First Aid Training. This can sometimes get lost when people ask why didn’t they survive? Or what could have been done? Sometimes the answer is nothing if you do not educate people which in turn gives them the confidence to help when an emergency strikes.
First Aid training is more than just a certificate hanging on the wall. Its practical skills which are used across the globe on a daily basis. There are no prerequisites to signing up on a course and no prior experience is necessary. This opens up the door to everyone including the push to get first aid incorporated into the school syllabus.
The simple answer to the question is anyone. The revised 2015 resuscitation guidelines recommended as a future directive that “everyone who is physically able to should learn CPR”. First Aid skills are often more simple and easier to learn than the public’s perception. The biggest problem is getting people participating in the first place which has been highlighted and will hopefully improve.
Fabrice Muamaba is living proof of the importance of first aid training after surviving a cardiac arrest during a televised football match. The quick thinking of first aider’s and medical professionals enabled him to receive lifesaving CPR until he was safely dispatched to a London hospital.
Fabrice continues to lead the campaign to get First Aid incorporated into the school syllabus and has even been to Downing Street with his petition. The idea is that older school children could learn basic first aid skills which could save the lives of their friends, teachers and even members of the public.
When someone collapses in the street several different scenarios can play out. One is an understandable state of panic where people can freeze, fail to get the correct information to the emergency services and ultimately lose time that may prove crucial in the battle for survival. The other is that people may not help at all, too worried about making a mistake or getting sewed. Both of the above should never occur and they are proven to happen less if appropriate training is given to the general public.
First Aid training can teach people how to recognise symptoms, apply treatment and crucially what to tell the emergency services. Courses teach candidates how to perform CPR whilst you wait the arrival of the emergency services. This alone can stop a casualty from deteriorating and can be likened to the analogy of stopping a clock until the medical professional arrive.
Several candidates have reported back to Train Aid describing how they used their first aid skills in a real life emergency. Some are tales of survival, others are not so lucky, but overall the worst position to be in is one where you do nothing.
Generally you could say that people over expect things from both first aid courses and first aider’s. Lives can be saved just by picking up a phone and giving the correct information to the Emergency dispatcher. For example you could spot the symptoms of a stroke call 999 and they could arrive three minutes later. Potentially you would have just saved someone’s life by acting quickly, even if no treatment was actually given.
First Aider’s are protected by hidden laws that exempts them from prosecution when sticking to their training, even when they make a mistake. The training itself can be the difference from helping and not helping and like anything in life you have to be in it to win it. Don’t hesitate, get trained up and don’t be the person who wished they had gone on a course….
Posted by: admin | Posted on: September 28, 2016 | Posted in: General News