First aid training acts as a vital link in the chain of survival. There usually aren’t paramedics or ambulance staff nearby when low-frequency, high-risk accidents and emergencies occur, but anyone on-hand with first aid training will be able to act decisively, potentially saving lives. First aid training is important for the sake of family, friends and even complete strangers who need emergency assistance.
Why are first aid skills important in many workplaces?
Australian occupational health and safety guidelines are continually evolving to match business and employment expectations. First aid trained workers are often qualified specialists working in close proximity to electricity, so accurate retrieval of first aid knowledge and skills is essential for safety’s sake.
First aid and anaphylaxis response skills are expected of childcare and education staff, while sports coaches, tour guides, forestry workers and lots of other workers are expected to hold first aid qualifications. Everywhere we look in large Australian cities, trained first aiders are on site and ready for a pro-active emergency response if necessary.
Elements taught in Perform CPR
Anatomy and physiology of respiratory and cardiovascular systems
Shock and anaphylaxis CPR
Management of bleeding
What are the most important first aid skills to have?
Core first aid essentials have remained unchanged for some time, although modern technologies allow enhanced first aid response capability. Portable devices such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and adrenaline auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis are now the norm in many employment situations, with superior emergency response capability the result. Every Real First Aid course focuses on important first aid attainments that can save lives, including:
• Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (HLTAID001)
• Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID002)
• Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)
• Childcare First Aid Course (HLTAID004)
Real First Aid courses deliver industry-specific first aid training, tailored on-site training, and enhanced simulation-based training for superior learning outcomes. Course participants practice while learning, making it a dynamic experience for developing leadership and teamwork capabilities. When Real First Aid training is delivered by some of the best instructors in Australia, life-saving ability is guaranteed.
Why is hands-on experience important in first aid training?
A major reason for the success of Real First Aid is simulation-based training, or ‘learning by doing’. Formerly used only by the military, police and paramedics, simulation training is a breakthrough in the first aid training industry. With hands-on simulation training, you perform actions exactly as a paramedic or medical emergency responder would, allowing you to develop confidence in the procedures.
Simulation based training has been transforming the first aid training industry since 2014, when Real First Aid was established, using realistic enhancements that include:
• Your workplace or other area transformed into a mock accident or emergency zone
• The introduction of knowledgeable actors who can test your emergency response skill
• Props and other first aid paraphernalia including genuine emergency equipment
• Sirens, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, 000 calls and more
• The opportunity for team bonding and leadership development
• Every course participant guided to the best of their natural ability
Why is it important to have a first aid kit?
Trained first aiders don’t necessarily encounter life-threatening emergencies often, but dealing with sprains, strains and cuts is another story. A basic first aid kit should always be on hand for responding to accidents and incidents, with essential items including gloves, a face shield for CPR, dressings and antiseptic.
Trained first aiders are in demand by employers all around Australia and are a value-added addition to the workforce. First aid officers oversee busy environments, minimise risks, assist casualties and communicate with other first aiders. Although an essential link in the life saving chain, it makes sense that first aiders look after the small details also, and a good first aid kit is the first step.
First aid may not be for everyone, but if enough people get involved all Australians will be looked after. The skills are easy to learn, while the attainments are valuable and versatile, so check out important Real First Aid courses for you, your family or your team.