First Aid training has many benefits, both in everyday life and in the workplace. When a dangerous situation arises, being trained in first aid could mean the difference between life and death.
Here are some of the benefits that First Aid training can provide in your everyday life:
- You’ll be able to cope with an emergency situation.
- You can assist your family and protect your personal safety at home in the event of an accident or injury.
- If a natural disaster occurs, you’ll know how to keep yourself and your family safe and survive.
- If you have a baby or are taking care of one, infant first aid training will teach you what signs to look for and how to respond appropriately in the event of illness or an emergency.
- You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of an infected wound when applying first aid on someone with an injury.
- You’ll also learn how to use bandages and make an arm sling during first aid.
- You’ll know that you should wear a resuscitation mask to reduce infection when performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
- You’ll also know how to help someone who’s choking, and keep them breathing.
- You can help reduce someone’s pain or the consequences of injury or illness.
- You’ll be able to identify if someone you’ve found has taken a medication or drug overdose, and know what information to give emergency services (000).
You’ll learn DRSABCD, which means:
Danger – Checking for any danger to you, bystanders, and the person who’s injured or ill before offering assistance.
Response – Checking if the person is conscious by talking to them, touching their hand, or squeezing their shoulder.
Send for help – Calling triple zero (000) and answering the operator’s questions.
Airway – Checking if the person’s airway is clear by looking inside their mouth for any contents.
Breathing – Checking if the person is breathing by looking to see if their chest is moving.
CPR – Applying CPR if the person’s unconscious and not breathing.
Defibrillator – Applying an automated external defibrillator (AED) if the person (an adult) is unconscious and not breathing. Some AEDs aren’t suitable for children.
Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, having an understanding of basic First Aid and how to apply it can mean the difference between saving someone’s life or not. So consider doing a First Aid course, as it can help you recognise an emergency and give First Aid to someone who’s injured or ill, until professional help arrives.
QLD Ambulance Service https://bookings.qld.gov.au/services/firstaid/
St Johns Ambulance Australia http://stjohn.org.au/first-aid-training
Queensland First Aid http://www.qldfirstaid.com/