Just how effective are First Aid courses?

January 26, 2016

Most people will agree that a First Aid accreditation is a useful (and often mandatory) qualification to hold; and few survivors of a medical emergency would doubt their efficacy – especially when incidents take hold outside of a clinical setting.¬ But just how effective are first aid courses? An October 2014 study by The British Heart Foundation (released under their campaign to ‚ÄėCreate a Nation of Lifesavers‚Äô) discovered that 80% of all cardiac arrests (or around 30,000 of them) occur outside of a hospital setting; when the emergency services must be dispatched to remote locations.¬ In such circumstances, time is clearly of the essence.¬ Do you have the skills to preserve or maintain life until help arrives? First Aid skills concern much more than dealing with cardiac arrests, however.¬†¬ The British Red Cross compile a heart-warming collection of ‚ÄėFirst Aid True Stories‚Äô that demonstrate the effectiveness and enormous value rightly attributed to trained ‚Äėfirst aiders‚Äô¬ – from road traffic accidents and choking incidents through to falling pen

Matt is a writer, columnist and blogger. He is a Chartered Engineer, and founder of The Furious Engineer
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