First Aid, it's more than just CPR!
Ever wonder what is covered in a First Aid course? Sure, you know that CPR will be taught, but what else will fill the rest of the course?
Most people have heard of CPR and phrases like the “Heimlich Manoeuvre” and “Recovery Position” – but many don’t actually know that some of these practices are no longer used. Many people have fears and concerns when it comes to CPR. One of the most common is what if I do something wrong? I don't want to kill them if I push the chest too hard. Will my course provide me with the basic skills that I may one day need to cope with a medical emergency? What are all these different names for courses? What do the unit standards relate to?
So what is the difference?
A Basic First Aid covers the unit standards 6401: Provide First Aid & 6402: Provide Basic Life Support. The course currently is an 8-hour course that uses both theory and practical elements, with a lot of hands-on teaching.
Some of the topics you can expect to learn about include;
- • Assessing the scene & checking for dangers
- • CPR – Adult, Child & Infant
- • Choking – including learning about what has replaced the Heimlich Manoeuvre.
- • Breathing, Bleeding, Burns & Bones (breaks)
- • Shock
- • Poisoning
- • Soft Tissue Injury
- • Cardiac Conditions
- • Stroke
- • Seizures
An Intermediate First Aid is a Workplace course that covers both 6401 & 6402 unit standards but also has the additional 6400: Manage First Aid in an Emergency Situation unit attached to it. This one is a 12-hour course that is run over 2 days, incorporating theory and practical elements.
All of the above topics that are covered in a Basic First Aid are also covered in an Intermediate First Aid, but there are a few other topics that we get into with the Intermediate First Aid, these are;
- • Head, Neck & Spinal Trauma
- • Hypo/Hyperthermia
- • Diabetes
- • Health & Safety
- • Anaphylaxis
- • Meningitis
- • Hyperventilation
- • Eye Injuries
- • Medic Alert
- • Other Specialised Topics on Request.
An Intermediate First Aid certificate needs refreshing every 2 years (6-hour course) in order to maintain an up to date certificate. A Basic First Aid course should be repeated every couple of years in order to keep up to date with the changing standards and practices. New resuscitation guidelines were released in 2016.
So you can see that First Aid is more than just CPR – it is a wide range of topics that are interesting, informative and relevant that provide you with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to save a life.