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What Do You Learn on a First Aid Course?

20/02/2024

Accidents can occur unexpectedly, and being prepared can make a significant difference in the outcome. First aid training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to various medical situations. But what exactly are those skills and what do you learn on a first aid course?

Here, we will provide a comprehensive overview of what you can expect to learn during a first aid course, from basic techniques to more advanced skills.

The Importance of First Aid Training

In emergency situations, the actions taken in the first few minutes can be life-saving. First aid courses teach you how to assess a situation, make quick decisions, and provide immediate care until professional medical help arrives.

Different Types of First Aid Training

The first thing to note is that the type of first aid course you take will determine what you learn, and there are many different types of first aid courses out there! When most people talk about first aid training in general, they will often be referring to Emergency First Aid at Work, which is the national standard when it comes to first aid training. The full 3-day First Aid at Work course is also very popular, as is Basic Life Support training, so these are the courses we will be looking at in detail.

What Do You Learn on an Emergency First Aid at Work Course?

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training is considered the national standard covering a broad range of topics. EFAW is a 1-day first aid training course designed to build confidence and teach the necessary skills to deal with life-threatening first aid emergencies.

The course is suitable for people working in low-risk environments or for the general public.

The topics covered on the course are:

  • Responsibilities of the first aider
  • Priorities of treatment
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Resuscitation techniques
  • The use of AED machines
  • Basic hygiene in first aid
  • Heart attacks
  • Treating shock
  • Treating a person who is choking
  • Treating bleeding and how to bandage wounds
  • Treating burns
  • Treating a person with epilepsy

What Do You Learn on a First Aid at Work Course?

First Aid at Work (FAW) training is for people looking to become full first aiders in the workplace. This is a more comprehensive course than EFAW and provides an in–depth understanding of a broad range of first aid techniques and scenarios. FAW is often a requirement for those working in higher-risk environments such as construction, manufacturing or hospitality.

The topics covered on this course are:

  • Responsibilities of the first aider
  • Priorities of treatment
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Resuscitation techniques
  • The use of AED machines
  • Basic hygiene in first aid
  • Treating a person who is choking
  • Treating a person who is bleeding and how to bandage wounds
  • Heart attacks
  • fractures and spinal injuries
  • Treating head injuries
  • Treating chest injuries
  • Treating shock (including anaphylaxis)
  • Treating sprains and strains
  • Treating burns
  • Treating eye injuries
  • Treating a person with epilepsy
  • Treating a person with Diabetes
  • Treating a person with Asthma
  • Treating Poisoning
  • Legalities, responsibilities and reporting

What Do You Learn on a Basic Life Support Course?

The Basic Life Support course gives attendees confidence and the necessary skills to act in an emergency, including providing critical life saving assistance until support arrives. The Basic Life Support course is delivered following the protocols set by the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines.

The topics covered on this course are:

  • Responsibilities of the first aider
  • Priorities of treatment
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Resuscitation techniques
  • Heart attacks
  • The use of AED machines

Specialist First Aid Courses

While the above courses cover a good all-round base of first aid knowledge, specialist first aid courses such as outdoor first aid, paediatric first aid, and mental health first aid will provide attendees with a more specific set of skills to learn. If you are interested in any of these areas, please take a look!

 

In a world filled with uncertainties, having the knowledge and skills gained from a first aid course can make a significant difference. From basic techniques like CPR and wound management to more advanced skills like treating head injuries or medical conditions, first aid training equips you to be a lifesaver when it matters most. 

To book a place on any of our courses, please get in touch.

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