Benefits of face to face CPR and First aid training- Why a manual can’t show you everything.
Face to face CPR and first aid training.
Of all the many first aid techniques that we can learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is surely one of the most important. It can literally be a lifesaver. The importance of CPR cannot be underestimated. Correct, hands-on application can be the difference between life and death during that sometimes agonizing period of time between someone collapsing and professional medical help getting to the scene. It would be easy for us to freeze in the face of such a situation but the technique is not really all that hard so no one should be afraid to learn how to do it, and then be prepared to practice it in a real emergency.
There is something important to consider though at the outset. It might be perfectly acceptable to do online training in certain subjects – accountancy, language training are two examples – but, make no mistake, first aid and especially CPR training are not suitable subjects for an online course. By all means read up on a few authoritative websites like NHS Direct, the Red Cross or St Johns Ambulance just to get some background information but that should be as far as your “virtual” training should go. Having got a taste for the subject you should then enroll at your nearest practical CPR and first aid training course. There is no doubt that they will be delighted to see you!
Valuable though this kind of training is nobody should go away with the impression that they are a paramedic or even an expert in first aid techniques. Courses are run by the three organisations listed in the previous paragraph but they only give you a basic level of training in first aid and you should, if possible, aim to do further courses as and when you can. Surely the more you know, the more useful you will be in a real life situation where someone has collapsed in front of you.
Heart disease, especially, is all too common and there is never any warning that someone is going to have an attack. Think how wonderful a feeling it would be if you were the one in that supermarket aisle who had the confidence and the skill to apply the right CPR and first aid techniques to keep the heart pumping until the ambulance gets there. The same would apply if someone has collapsed for some other reason – knowing how to deal with them to make them comfortable and keep them breathing is crucial at such a time. Getting the person into the recovery position; monitoring their breathing and pulse rate; keeping them reassured and talking to them – all of these things are vital elements of first aid and will go a long way to keeping a person alive.
The key thing to remember is that all of these techniques are practical things that can only be taught properly in a class, with a qualified instructor and with plenty of hands-on practice. We will all get it wrong first time, but it won’t matter if the “patient” being cared for is a latex dummy. You then get better the more practice you have. Learning from a book or an online course really is no substitute.