It’s a shocking statistic that 8 out of 10 parents said they wouldn’t know how to save their child’s life if they needed basic first aid. Consider the variety of incidents that children experience on a regular basis in the comfort of their own homes — cuts, choking, falls, asthma attacks – and consider how you would feel if it was your child, partner, parent, or even pet.

Consider how confident you would be if you were presented with one of the most common medical situations at home, school, or at work.

Although we all recognise the importance of learning first aid, we are sometimes too busy to devote the few hours required to complete a course, or we are confused about where to enrol or what first aid principles the course should cover.

Most of us simply cross our fingers that nothing bad will happen to us or our loved ones. Or that if the worst happens, a doctor or someone medically educated person will be on hand to take command and assist.

If you identify with this description, make 2021 the year you take charge and learn first aid with our first aid training Belfast.

First aid training taught by a highly qualified medical, health, or emergency services expert can teach you life-saving skills and give you the confidence to know what to do in an emergency.

Our practical course allows students to practise techniques such as resuscitation on a manikin or assisting in the rescue of a choking adult, baby, or child.

Any of the abilities you acquire could provide you with the knowledge you need to save a life or help someone who has been in an accident.

Here are seven compelling reasons why studying first aid should be a goal you set to accomplish this year.

  1.  First aid saves lives.

The difference between life and death might be as simple as basic first aid. According to a Red Cross survey, 59 per cent of deaths from injuries may have been avoided if first aid had been provided before the emergency services arrived.

  1. First aid cuts down on recuperation time.

First aid can make all the difference in a person’s recovery and determine whether they will have a temporary or permanent handicap.

  1. First aid cuts down on hospital stays.

Early assistance with first aid can cut down on the amount of time a patient spends in the hospital.

  1. First assistance stops medical emergencies from worsening.

Knowing the basics of first aid might help you avoid escalating a bad situation. Consider a patient who has a serious wound and is bleeding profusely. The patient could lose a lot of blood if nothing is done. You can prevent a medical emergency from rapidly developing and stabilise the patient until more medical help comes by applying pressure using simple first aid procedures.

  1. First aid can help you avoid unnecessary hospital visits.

Even if an accident does not result in hospitalisation, it still necessitates medical attention. Some injuries, such as a knocked head, bruised knee, or sprained ankle, can be better treated with the right treatment, such as expert bandaging, rest, or swelling reduction using an ice pack placed over the affected area. First-aid training also teaches you how to prioritise injuries so that the most seriously injured or unwell people get the best possible care. In addition to providing you with the knowledge to determine whether someone needs additional care and whether that treatment should be provided by a GP, at a hospital, or requires emergency paramedic intervention.

  1. Competent first aid can lessen the amount of agony suffered by victims.

In an emergency, knowing how to respond might help you stay calm. Staying cool allows you to offer emotional support to the patient and minimise panic, which may be a highly powerful type of pain management. Furthermore, learning how to physically move someone in pain, support their injuries, and apply appropriate bandaging and dressings might help them suffer less discomfort.

  1.  Communication is critical for emergency services.

Staying with the patient until emergency personnel arrive to take over allows you to share important details about how the patient was injured or their current state. This information is critical for emergency services to treat the patient effectively, and it can also help with the patient’s treatment and recovery.

  1.  Knowing how to administer first aid improves your awareness and minimises your risk of being involved in an accident.

Learning first aid and becoming aware of potential dangers and medical difficulties raises our health awareness and allows us to better care for ourselves, our friends, and our families. It helps to build resilient communities while also relieving the load on the NHS.

  1. Knowing how to administer first aid gives you a sense of control.

Knowing how to perform first aid can give you the confidence to react effectively in the event of an accident. Before calling for an ambulance, it’s critical to take care of any life-threatening injuries.

Knowing when and if to move someone after an injury, as well as when they should be kept still, is also highly useful.

  1. Be ready for anything.

We have no idea what the future holds for ourselves or our loved ones. Sudden illness, such as a heart attack, stroke, serious bleeding, or breathing difficulties, necessitates quick medical assistance, which you will be well prepared to deliver after completing a course. You’ll also learn how to deal with bleeding, burns, dyspnea, bites, shocks, stings, splints, and fainting, so you’ll be ready for whatever medical scenario life throws at you.

Our first-aid courses will cover subjects like:

  • Action in an emergency – treatment priority
  • What to do if someone is unconscious but still breathing (recovery posture for adults, children, and babies)
  • What should you do if you find someone who is unconscious and not breathing?
  • Attacks on the heart
  • Adult, baby, and kid CPR are all different. CPR
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of choking
  • Drowning
  • Things to consider ahead of time when preparing for an emergency
  • Kits for First Aid
  • Nasal bleeds, foreign items in the nose and ears, amputated limbs, and eye injuries are all examples of bleeding.
  • Electrocution, scalds, and flames are all examples of burns.
  • Corrosive and non-corrosive poisoning
  • Concussion and compression of the brain
  • Injuries to the spine
  • Fitting, seizures, and febrile convulsions are all symptoms of meningitis.
  • Asthma
  • Allergic responses that are severe and require the use of an Epipen

Our instructors are highly qualified medical, health, and emergency care professionals who will customise the training to meet your specific requirements.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace medical advice. Harberry Training is not liable or responsible for any diagnoses or actions done as a result of this material. It is strongly recommended that you take a First Aid course to learn what to do in the event of a medical emergency. The first aid courses NI can rely on are just a click away.