What is this article about?
On Saturday the 15th of April 14 Stevo students completed a first aid at work course in central with St John’s ambulance. Throughout this article I will talk about the valuable skills that we learnt from completing the course and how it will now benefit us.
What skills did we acquire from the course?
We all met outside central at 8:30a.m to help set up for a 9a.m start. Our trainer was called Vickey and before we began everyone introduced themselves. The first treatment that we learnt was different positions that a patient should be placed in should they be suffering from a heart attack, shock, or chest pains then practiced these moves with our partners.
Next, Vickey showed us what we should do if our patient is either conscious or unconscious showing us how to check which state the patient is in and how we should act appropriately. This included placing the patient into the recovery position and when we practiced this on our partners we discovered that getting someone into the recovery position is actually quite challenging.
We then had a short break for some refreshments and after 15 minutes Vickey showed us how to perform CPR on a patient. We learnt that the methods required for CPR are different for adults, children and babies which was very interesting, and we were all provided with the opportunity to practice on manikins.
After that, Vickey showed us how to treat a patient who was chocking depending on the seriousness of the choking demonstrating the protocol using a manikin. Finally, we learnt and practiced how to put a bandage on someone’s wrist should they think that they have injured it.
Why is a first aid course useful?
First aid training is highly recommended for the safety and prevention of illness or injury. Here are some of the benefits of being first aid trained:
- It can save lives
This is, of course, the most obvious reason for first aid. First aid training gives you the confidence and ability to react immediately to an incident, injury or illness. For example, in the USA, where first aid training is taught in schools a lot less people die due to heart attacks.
- It gives you confidence and clarity during an emergency
First aid training doesn’t just teach you how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives you confidence to effectively manage an emergency.
- It can reduce recovery time
Rapid reaction to illness or injury, before further aid such as an ambulance arrives can not only save lives, but also reduce recovery time of the patient.
- It can keep you safe
You will have those skills for life, especially if you maintain ongoing refresher courses. This means you can treat yourself, family and friends and the general public effectively in an emergency.
- It makes you more employable
This is something to add to your CV which employers might look for and can give you a little extra over other candidates.
- It’s a great team-building exercise
When completing the first aid course, it brings you and the other participants closer together through meeting new people and getting to know people better.
Finally, all students who took part in the course really enjoyed the experience and we would like to thank Stephenson College for supporting the experience.