5 First Aid Techniques Everyone Should Learn
Regardless of whether you are at work or school, at home or out with friends, knowing how to administer basic first aid is extremely important. This is why we encourage everyone to attend a first aid training course.
Key First Aid Training Techniques Everyone Should Know
- Performing CPR – There is no denying that CPR is hugely important, but a surprising number of people don’t know how to correctly administer it. In the event of cardiac arrest, when the heart stops beating, CPR could be all that stands between life and death. It involves chest compressions and helping to get the person breathing again. The Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an AED covers everything you need to know about CPR.
- Applying an AED – An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a medical device used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Though it’s a relatively easy to use piece of equipment, training on using it correctly is always advised. An AED works by delivering an electric shock to help the heart beat in an effective rhythm. By undergoing Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an AED training, you will learn how to use the device effectively.
- Abdominal Thrusts – You should perform Abdominal Thrusts when someone is choking, it is a highly effective first aid technique. It involves standing behind the person, placing both arms around them and performing abdominal thrusts. The pressure from the abdominal thrusts should hopefully be enough to dislodge whatever is causing the choking.
- Stopping a Bleed – There is no telling when an accident could happen, so knowing how to effectively stop a bleed is vital. You can stop bleeding by applying pressure to the area with a clean, sterile dressing and raising the injury above the level of the heart. Pressure should be maintained until the bleeding stops, or until further help arrives. Techniques such as stopping a bleed are covered in a range of first aid training courses, including our Emergency First Aid at Work course.
- Treating a Burn – Before you treat a burn, you need to consider how bad the burn is. First and second degree burns can often be treated with skills taught in a first aid training course, whereas third degree burns will need immediate treatment by a medical professional. Superficial and partial thickness burns can be treated by cooling the area with water, for a minimum of 10 mins and covering with a non stick dressing.