10 Reasons to Learn First Aid | Jan 2019

10 Reasons to Learn First Aid | Jan 2019

– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett from First Aid for Life
and onlinefirstaid.com. And today I’m going to talk to you about why first aid and learning first aid is just so important. It is absolutely vital that more and more of us
are equipped with the skills and the confidence to be able to help if something happens and the more we know, the more likely we are to be able to prevent accidents happening and be more risk aware as well. So, I’m just going to go
through 10 compelling reasons that first aid can make
a massive difference from saving lives to reducing pain, to feeling empowered and having
a degree of legacy about you and the whole lot, let me
go through it very briefly. So, a few things to say first of all – eight out of 10 parents surveyed admitted they wouldn’t know basic
first aid procedures to save someone’s life or save one of their children’s lives. That’s pretty scary stuff and that means that if any of
us have an accident out there that the likelihood of
other people knowing how to help us is pretty small as well. Significantly fewer people in the UK know how to help someone’s life, save someone’s life in an emergency compared with the likes of
Scandinavia, for example. And consequently our
survival rates are lower. It doesn’t take long to
learn these basic skills and we can make it really easy for you. There are so many free
resources on our sites that can help you. We also have online first aid courses, free ones and paid ones and we have practical courses that you can either come to
one of our scheduled courses or we can run a bespoke
one at one of your homes. So, it really is easy and it benefits you and it benefits society as a whole and it benefits your family, so it’s a win-win-win all round. So, key things, reason number one, first aid saves lives. So, a recent survey by the Red Cross showed that 59% of deaths from injuries could have been prevented with immediate first aid, so that’s pretty compelling stuff to start off with. Reason two, appropriate
first aid given competently and immediately reduces recovery time. So, if somebody has got a serious illness or has had an injury, if you give immediate first aid, it can, obviously depending on what’s happened, it
can reduce the amount of time that the person spends in hospital and reduce the overall recovery time. It may also make the difference between somebody having
life-threatening injuries or life-changing injuries and being able to make a full recovery. So, I’ve certainly as a nurse seen many instances when
things have gone right and made a big difference to the positive and when
things have gone wrong or first aid hasn’t been given and people have, yeah, they’ve suffered as a result. So, we’ve covered saves lives, it reduces recovery time, it reduces the time spent in hospital, it can prevent medical situations and accidents deteriorating, so appropriate and immediate first aid can prevent a minor injury becoming a more major one and
it can actually reduce, so certainly in the instance of burns, for example, if you are
running a burn immediately under cool running water, you can reduce the amount of damage that has been done by that initial burn. You can actually reduce it just with cool running water. That’s pretty amazing. So, first aid is generally
pretty simple to do. It doesn’t cost in order
to give immediate first aid and it makes a massive difference. It can prevent unnecessary
visits to hospital. So, doing a first aid course can enable you to understand when something is seriously wrong and when you can treat it at home, so when you might need to refer the person onto more serious or more
highly qualified care, when they should be treated by their GP, when you can drive them to hospital, and when you need an ambulance. All important information to know and understand what you should be doing, what you shouldn’t be doing and how to do things properly and also if you were faced
with multiple injuries it would help you
understand and prioritise which you should be treating first or who you should be treating first. So, competent first aid can reduce the amount of pain
experienced by casualties both in your calm approach and your manner and the way you deal with casualties, and in understanding how
to move somebody in pain, who is in pain, how to
reposition something that is causing them pain to reduce the amount of pain and generally how to help them, so it can reduce their pain and also in reducing the severity
of the injury immediately, you can reduce the pain that way as well. So, as well as that, knowing what to do can improve the communication to the emergency services so that they can prioritise the care and they can get the help that the person who’s
injured needs quicker. So it can speed things up and again, that helps to save lives particularly in the more seriously injured because the more competently you’re able to communicate, and understand and show that you know what you’re talking about, the paramedics will be able to give appropriate or
allocate appropriate resources and make sure they get to
you as quickly as possible. It also, and this is really important, it increases the awareness of potential dangers and reduces your susceptibility and your family’s
susceptibility to accidents. For example, when we do our
teenage first aid courses, I’ve seen this with my children, when we’ve then gone on holiday, and they’re faced with the excitement of diving into water, they will always jump in first rather than how they would
have done perviously dived straight in. Likewise, if they’re going off on holidays together, they are that little bit more risk aware, they’re not totally invincible, accidents do happen and they are also far better empowered to look after each other. The same in preparation
for their Duke of Edinburgh and that side of things, they’re starting to be more individual, and more independent, and
giving them those skills and the ability to understand that things can go wrong
and know how to help is crucially important. First aid makes you feel
empowered whatever your age. Being able to help is a really lovely feeling. It’s good to be able to help, it’s good to be able to
help yourself as well and it’s nice and really important not to know, or not to be totally reliant
on the emergency services and know that you are only using them when you really need to and if everybody was
able to behave like that, there may be a few more of the
emergency services available for all of us when we need them. Sadly there are a lot of people that don’t understand how to
use the emergency services and they think calling
an ambulance gets them to the front of the queue. That is not the case. So, we should only be using
our emergency services when something is life threatening and we need them to come
and give treatment on site and also being able to
stabilise the casualty on their way to hospital. And finally and most importantly, it means that you are far
more self-sufficient as well. And you’re able to prepare in advance and be able to really help
and look after your family when they need you. I hope that’s been helpful. That’s Emma Hammett
from First Aid for life and onlinefirstaid.com.

1 thought on “10 Reasons to Learn First Aid | Jan 2019”

  1. Just watch your amazing video it has got me thinking about doing a first aid
    Course because I happen to work in a charity shop in ilford called the British heart foundation and it is always good to have the skills needed just in case
    Somebody has a medical emergency cause at the moment I am learning from a book. Forgive me for asking but can I learn the same way out of a book as doing an actual course?

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