St John Ambulance have stated that ‘it’s absolutely unacceptable that so many people die needlessly, because no one could give them first aid when they needed it’. This organisation believes in the importance of teaching people first aid, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
There are a number of different First Aid courses you can do; depending on whether you are a parent, your working environment or your role in your community. It is advised to at least undertake a Basic First Aid course.
Courses on offer range from:
– Occupational First Aid Training
– Basic First Aid Training
– Childcare First Aid
– Emergency First Aid
– Sport First Aid
– Babysitter First Aid
Malahide Community School, through their Adult Learning programme offer a BASIC FIRST AID / CARDIAC FIRST RESPONSE course which comprises of a basic first aid course, followed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Cardiac First Response (CFR) programme. The CFR includes initial assessment of a patient, providing CPR and defibrillation with an AED and the FAST assessment for Strokes.
You can also do a First Aid course which is run and certified by the Irish Red Cross. Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght is one of the venues who facilitate this course with many other adult education centres around the country offering similar training. It will equip you with basic first aid skills.
Without doubt, having a first-aid qualification, is both relevant and crucial for your personal life. On a professional level, employers see a potential employee who is equipped with first-aid skills, as a valuable asset in the workplace.
Costs: The costs involved in acquiring a certificate in first aid is dependent on the type of course you do and the provider you do it with. Three day courses range from 500 to 600 euro. Basic First Aid courses usually cost anything from 100 to 150 euro.
Equipment and resources required (after you have completed your course) include:
– First Aid Box (should include quality first aid supplies that will ensure you are prepared for every situation, from minor cuts, sprains and bites through to more serious injuries involving major trauma and heavy bleeding)
– Defibrillator (if training has been provided)
– Certain tablets such as aspirin should be kept in a first aid box (for cases of suspected heart attacks)
– Record Keeping book (especially important for schools, sports clubs, any community setting/organisation & the work place)
Accidents can happen no matter where you are, whether it’s in the workplace, at home, school, or on holiday. You may just be walking down the street and see someone in need of medical attention. When you run into these situations, wouldn’t you like to be prepared instead of standing around wondering what to do? This is why everyone should enroll in some type of first aid safety training course. No one should have to be convinced why it’s a good idea to take first aid safety training.
If you have children, think about the accidents that they have and all of the potential dangers they face each day. Parents should be prepared to deal with a number of different medical issues. Even if they suffer a serious injury that requires further treatment, the initial first aid that is performed could mean saving their life.
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere, and if you are trained, you could be the only one able to save someone’s life.
To find First Aid training courses have a look at our Health and Safety courses category