It’s clear that you’ll learn first aid skills on a first aid course – the clue is in the name. But there’s so much more that they teach people that goes beyond the curriculum. They don’t just teach people to save a life – they can provide transferable skills that can help regardless of profession.
Here, we take a look at what skills our learners will take away from our courses, rather than just what they learn from each of the modules.
An in-depth understanding of what a first aid graduate does sounds rudimentary, but it’s essential to setting the tone of learning. Without the understanding that first aid directly helps save lives, there is no impetus to use those skills to the best of their ability. We don’t believe that should be the case – regardless of whether it concerns first aid, someone’s day-to-day role or even in public. Understanding your role, what’s expected of you and what you’re capable of achieving with your skills is key to your self-esteem and in this case, the welfare of the people around you.
Being able to understand a problem is of course essential when it comes to applying any type of aid,
but being able to understand problems that can arise in your every day life is never not a skill worth having. Our graduates learned from identifying injuries and understanding medical problems that understanding the problem is the first step to solving them – and it’s a method that can be used every day.
Use of initiative and risk management in first aid
First aid starts when care is needed, but it doesn’t beginuntil someone chooses what to do.
Once someone uses their initiative and decides on a course of action, taking in the benefits of their actions versus the risk of doing so and what resources they have follows the same methodology regardless of where it is applied. What first aid teaches are these skills in the extreme, with real-life consequences to inaction and not establishing the danger beforehand – and how to combat those same consequences.
Prioritisation (dealing with those who are choking, in shock, head injuries, etc).
Prioritisation in busy every day lives is another essential tool; we seem unable to do everything, so we decide what is most important and work from there. It’s a great way of categorising how we live, but in a first-aid scenario, it takes on another meaning entirely.
Prioritisation is the understanding the immediate problems, risks, concerns and deciding what actions must be taken from the information gained. First aiders are trained to alleviate as many pressing concerns as they can, but their actual role is the preservation of life and best maintenance of health – and then to work from there to ensure that the person is as comfortable as possible until emergency medical services arrive on-scene.
First aid is the art of solving a medical problem until a more permanent solution can be found. Our graduates are trained to help remedy problems to their best of their abilities until there can be more extensive action taken. Sometimes it’s as small as a few words of comfort and a blanket; sometimes they can be preventing blood less, remedying broken bones or discovering what ails you. Our graduates can have experiences as diverse as their training, and we’re confident they’re able to meet them with aplomb.