On ordinary days, for ordinary people, life can change in a heartbeat.
In a heartbeat, it’s 7.15 am. You are just back from the night shift and your neighbour is frantically knocking on your door because their toddler has stopped breathing and is turning blue.
In a heartbeat, you’re driving your HGV, and a cyclist has been knocked over and may have life-changing injuries. He’s someone’s Dad and someone’s partner.
In a heartbeat, a child stood at your checkout is having a seizure. She knocks her head on the way down. She’s drooling, blood is coming from her mouth, and her eyes are rolling back.
Imagine being that Nightshift Worker, HGV Driver, or Checkout Customer Assistant?
Imagine that you had absolutely no idea of what to do, never did first aid training, or let it go out of date.
Imagine that your course hadn’t given you confidence, had been old-fashioned, stuffy or irrelevant.
That is unthinkable to us.
We believe that no one should ever feel anything less than confident in dealing with an emergency. We will all have times in our lives when we are called upon to be a hero.
Did You Know?
As little as 5% of adults are comfortable providing first aid in an emergency situation.
It’s a worrying statistic, isn’t it? And one that certainly isn’t good enough. If the unthinkable were to happen – we want to make sure that we are able to act fast and confidently. And this is why first aid is important and we wave the flag for it – let’s put our loved ones first and be the hero on standby they may need one day.
So, why should we do First Aid Training?
Firstly, there are many aspects of first aid training that we may find more appealing than others. For instance, are you aware that in our courses we cover child and baby basic life support (CPR) as standard? Not all first aid courses do this, but it certainly pricks the ears of parents, nannies and family-orientated people alike. The maternal and paternal instinct in us to save a child’s life is extremely strong, and yet without training, we are at a loss in a terrifying situation.
Besides our own services, first aid training is extremely important. And frustratingly, whether you are that team member hiding from your line manager when asked to volunteer, or you are someone who instinctively feels they will ‘never need it’ – it’s sod’s law that one day you will be that person. You will be the one who, in a heartbeat, has to know how to stop a child from choking, or give CPR roadside post-collision. Imagine how you would feel if you were alarmingly unprepared for this.
Have we managed to get you on board with us? If so, great! Here’s a few more reasons why first aid training is important, just in case…
- It can more than save lives – not only can you save the life of another human being, the skills you learn on a first aid course could help to reduce a person’s recovery time and make the difference between having a temporary or long-term illness or disability.
- It can increase the comfort of a patient – not all accidents, injuries or illnesses will require emergency services or going to the hospital, but the patient may still suffer pain or panic. It’s important to learn how to keep yourself and the patient calm, by knowing how to act – even just by employing simple techniques such as applying an ice pack correctly, or utilising appropriate bandaging, you’ll help to relieve their discomfort. You’ll also provide emotional support by remaining calm and collected which will make them feel more secure and reduce their anxiety levels.
- It can increase your confidence to care – having basic first aid knowledge by taking first aid training, will help you to reflect on your actions and how you and others may react in certain situations. Having this understanding will boost your confidence allowing you to be the hero on standby in a wide range of day-to-day first aid scenarios.
- It can increase your knowledge of healthier living – in our first aid training you will also learn about the importance of healthy living and how lifestyle habits and choices can increase or decrease your risks of developing problems such as coronary heart disease. Having this knowledge makes you more aware of your own health and alert to potential hazards posed by your surroundings. Knowing how to keep yourself safe also means you are in a position to help others rather than needing help yourself.
You can read more about all of our courses here, and if you’d prefer to have an informal chat, you can always give one of our friendly team a call on 0330 335 1234!