First aid and CPR training has always included a small degree of simulation training. However, most training organisations limit simulations to the introduction of CPR practice dummies and little else. Although a valuable learning tool, practicing solely on dummies is hardly more than rote learning, especially if the remaining time is dedicated to traditional deskbound learning familiar in any school environment. There has been a distinct lack of connection between first aid training and genuine emergency response capability, so in late 2014 Real First Aid was founded to address the situation.
Simulation based first aid training is much more than an entertaining add-on to first aid training. At Real First Aid, simulations become the backdrop for realistic first aid practice that stimulates the mind, engages the body, and absorbs course participants in an alternative reality where saving lives becomes their responsibility. Simulation based training, formerly only used by the best military, medical and paramedic training organisations, has been a revelation for the first aid industry, with Real First Aid leading the way.
Elements taught in Perform CPR
Anatomy and physiology of respiratory and cardiovascular systems
Shock and anaphylaxis CPR
Management of bleeding
Does simulation based first aid training really work?
Approximately 25% of all Australians have undertaken some form of first aid and CPR training, but only 4% are confident that they will correctly remember what they have been taught in a real emergency. In addition, the majority of Australian adults, including parents and those who have attained first aid qualifications are uncertain what to do should their child start choking or have breathing difficulties. The statistics are discouraging and change was required, with Real First Aid Simulation Training the answer.
Our methods didn’t manifest by accident and even our name hints at the need for ‘real’ first aid training where practice makes perfect. Simulation based training engages students in realistic emergency scenarios requiring a prompt and effective first aid response. The result is greater immersion, deeper learning outcomes and the confidence to act with certainty should a real emergency occur. Another Real First Aid plus are our instructors; all experienced paramedics, medical personnel and military emergency responders with the highest attainment levels in their respective fields. They are also chosen for their personal flair, ability to make training resonate with students, and a genuine desire to impart first aid knowledge and skills that are second to none.
Is simulation based training useful for all medical emergencies?
There are many occupations where on-the-job experience is essential to properly learn the craft. Occupations such as building and mechanics are typical examples where book-knowledge can only take a person part way toward genuine capability. Fortunately, Real First Aid founders understood the need for life-like first aid and CPR training. Our methods develop a real skill set in readiness for low-frequency, high-risk situations where total recall of emergency response procedures is essential for best possible patient outcomes. Simulation based first aid training is applicable for every type of first aid accident and emergency response, including:
• Providing CPR to adults, children and infants
• Airway management and artificial respiration
• Defibrillator use for reviving victims of cardiac arrest
• Treatment of head and spinal injuries
• Adrenaline auto-injector use for responding to anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
• Dealing with strains, sprains, fractures and breaks
• Responding to shock, seizure and collapse
How does simulation training develop practical experience?
Although the above accidents and injuries can be extremely serious, Real First Aid instructors make first aid training enlightening, enlivening and even enjoyable. After all, it’s worth celebrating the acquisition of a skill set that saves lives, so there is no harm in having fun with friends and colleagues in the process. Simulation based training at Real First Aid is an absorbing experience that will transform the way anyone approaches an emergency situation. Our techniques are a first for the training industry in Australia, with creative innovations that include:
• Transformation of work, community and school settings into realistic emergency zones
• The addition of actors, props and other symbolic representations for greater immersion
• The use of real emergency equipment including portable defibrillators
• Fake wounds, blood and bandaging to familiarise students with emergency reality
• Emergency sirens, lights, pyrotechnics and 000 calls
• Timed emergency response for delivering real results
• Development of communication, teamwork and leadership skills
• All courses overseen by first aid trainers with a desire to see every student succeed
Is simulation training available on-site for workplace staff?
This is a Real First Aid specialty. We enjoy nothing more than showcasing simulation based first aid training in the workplace. There are quite a few advantages to this approach. By visiting on-site, our trainers can assist in identifying workplace hazards, minimising risks, and establishing suitable first aid facilities. Less time is taken from regular workplace responsibilities also, and course participants are benefitted by learning in a familiar environment that provides greater understanding of localised first aid response needs. And yes, we do enjoy turning your workplace upside down into a simulated emergency experience for a few hours or a few days while we impart some of the best-value training skills money can buy.