Whilst we go about the usual tasks in our day few of us will spend any time on the thought of what we might do or be able to do should an immediate medical emergency arise. Take time now though to consider for a moment that you get into a situation where you or a family member manages to lacerate their arm quite severely. How would you react? Would you know what to do? Even if you did Would you have the right medical kit available to hand to allow you to handles such an event correctly?
It's human nature for people to assume they would probably not need the knowledge provided by a first aid course and many will see it as something that medical workers need. However, the reality is that many events occur daily where someone gets injured and there is no immediate medical care nearby. On such occassions, it can be a great benefit if someone can step forward and take control of the situation and provide first aid during the period when the emergency services are on their way to the scene.
There are also many groups of people who, because of their job function or standing in the community could benefit greatly from having some basic first aid knowledge. For example, these people may include:
Those people who spend their working day caring for other people would benefit from a first aid course. In this role you are tasked with looking after another individual and will want to ensure that person comes to no harm. When an accident does happen you will are most likely to be the first person on the scene and will thus want to be able to provide immediate treatment.
Teachers are another group of people who are in contact with several students on a daily basis and thus are at some point likely to encounter cuts and possibly broken bones from outdoor activities. It is thus essential that they have some first aid experience to deal with these events when they occur.
Nowadays it is a legal requirement to provide good health and safety training in your workplace. It is also typical to have certain members of staff who are designated as first aiders. These will usually be volunteers within the company and it is usual for the company to then send all these individuals on first aid courses both for start up and follow-up training. By having some first aid training in your skillset you may even be more attractive to a new potential employer or it may be the single thing that sways an employers decision to employ you over someone else with similar experience.
In fact whatever your job, if you come into contact with other people on a regular basis then it is always a possibility that occassions may arise or you may find yourself involved in an event where someone has an accident or becomes injured. Having someone on hand who can cope in such an event and provide first aid could be crucial to the wellbeing of the persons who have become injured.
Consider also that it is not only work events where this may arise - it could happen at a family party or social gathering. Whilst the aim of this article is not to itimidate you, it may make you reconsider if a first aid course is something that you could benefit from in the uncharted life that lies ahead of you.
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