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Obtaining a qualification in first aid can be achieved in the space of a weekend, and with such a range of first aid courses available to choose from; it’s easy to overlook the most suitable for your level of skills. Here’s a look at the most common types of first aid courses, how they work and how they can help you to improve your life-saving skills.
This type of training covers any and all resuscitation requirements, including recovery from heart attack, choking or a blockage in the throat in general. It’s not uncommon for people to pass out from choking, and therefore the training will explore the ins and outs of the human torso and head – from mouth to lungs. Intensive courses will involve training on piercing a hole within a person’s throat to enable them to breath (where a blockage is present), whereas standard training will instruct the student on the best method to apply CPR to help to kick a victim’s heart back in to action.
- Emergency Training
Emergency training refers to the act of keeping a person alive during an emergency. This can apply to heart attack, stroke or physical injury, and it will covers specific techniques such as keeping the person upright, their injured limb/s raised as well as information on how to treat a victim at the scene in preparation for the arrival of medical professionals.
- Resuscitation Training
- This type of training can be considered quite intense, and the student will be required to demonstrate a higher range of knowledge than in other lesser training courses. The result however is worth the increase in demand, and students are granted a higher level qualification up on completion of the course.
- Elevation Training
This type of training is less of a course and more of a technique, but the skill can be applied throughout any number of scenarios. It’s especially useful when dealing with victims of physical injury or trauma; especially if a limb is bleeding. The technique requires the first aider to raise the injured limb and hold it in an elevated position for a certain amount of time. It often involves endurance as an injured limb can often need elevating for a while before medical experts are able to attend the scene. In certain countries, this technique has been merged with emergency training in general, although there are still certain locations that consider it a solo form of training.
- Smoke Training
A stroke can occur at any time, and knowing how to deal with one can mean the difference between life and death. This type of course introduces the student to the symptoms of a stroke, how to identify them and how best to deal with them. There are specific techniques involved, including learning to recognise speech, movement and thought processes. Acting rapidly is the priority during this training course, and tests will involve a practical and verbal test in order to complete.