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Where to find first aid courses

Injuries and accidents occur throughout our lives, in our place of work, when we are out socialising or in our homes. Having the ability to effectively deal with the aftermath of these incidents can cause the difference between life or death. Undertaking a course in first aid can give you that knowledge. This article details out information about first aid courses.

Doing a course for yourself.

Types of first aid courses There are two basic types of first aid courses, namely a standard first aid certificate or a first aide at work certificate. There are other first aid related courses which you can take but this article concentrates only on the two major types. If you are doing a first aid course for yourself, then chances are that you are doing a standard first aid course. This is an excellent way of learning a range of skills for dealing with first aid emergencies. The courses cover a number of areas including CPR ( Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation ), Kiss of life, bandaging, dealing with bleeding, broken bones including compound fractures, safety considerations when approaching the scene of an incident, and managing the incident until professional first aid arrives. Courses may also cover some 'life saving' where the victim is potentially drowning in water, such as in a swimming pool or canal and the risks associated with these environments. There are two major bodies in the UK who provide first aid training and both are equally efficient, so whichever you go for will purely depend on what's available in your local area. St Johns Ambulance St Johns Ambulance is probably the most well-known and they have centres throughout the uk. They also sometimes work with universities, so if you are a university student, you may find a course which is available through the university or it's students' union. Red Cross The Red Cross, which is the most famous in the world, under it's British Red Cross guise also provides first aid training courses, which are equal in quality to those provided by the 'Saint Johns'.

At work

To administer first aid at work, insurance companies often insist that the first aiders are 'first aid at work' trained. The training provided is broadly the same as for the first aid certificate with a few extras which are tailored to the risks associated with the trainee's place of work. First aid at work certificates are usually organised through your place of work and are usually delivered by the British Red Cross or the St Johns. Some organisations may require a very specific first aid training course. For example, life guards will need additional training to allow them to recover a casualty from the water.

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