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First Aid Training - "Know it, before you need it"

posted 18 Nov 2013, 04:38 by Unknown user   [ updated 14 Jan 2014, 00:34 ]

First aid is an important skill.

By performing simple procedures and following certain guidelines, it may be possible to save lives by giving basic treatment until professional medical help arrives.
First Aid Training

Remember, too, that practice makes perfect.

In an emergency there's no time to read instructions. If you've memorised some of the basic procedures, it will help you react quickly and efficiently.

A knowledge of basic first aid can make the difference between life and death. A brief glance at some statistics shows why:

  • In 2009, there were 24, 690 serious injuries and 2,222 fatalities on the UK’s roads
  • Road traffic accidents are one of the top ten causes of death worldwide
  • The British Heart Foundation estimated that there are approximately 124, 000 heart attacks in the UK each year

The aims of First Aid

There are three main aims of First aid

Preserve life: Your first aim is to preserve life by carrying out emergency first aid procedures (for example, opening a casualty’s airway or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation). 

Prevent deterioration: Secondly, you should attempt to prevent the casualty’s condition from deteriorating further. This could include asking them to stay still to prevent movement of possible fractures. 

Promote recovery: Finally, you can promote recovery by arranging prompt emergency medical help. In addition, simple first aid can significantly affect the long-term recovery of an injury. For example, quickly cooling a burn will reduce the risk of long term scarring.

Want to learn First Aid? Then we can help, Stansted Environmental Services offer First Aid at Work Training, Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid. To find out more about our courses then give us a call on 01279 873380 or send an email to