Whether you have employees who work at an office or on a construction site, both environments have one thing in common: valuable employees who may be injured or become ill. It is, therefore, necessary to safeguard these employees with effective first-aid practices and being First Aid Trained. In South Africa, access to emergency services resources is often limited or stretched. Injured people often have to wait for lengthy periods of time for emergency first aid assistance. That is why learning first aid skills and being a first aid trained individual can make a difference at work or in your community and even save a life!
What is first aid and AED training?
First aid training covers various topics; from emergency scene management and basic principles of first aid all the way through to treating common injuries, administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and applying first aid procedures in an emergency situation.
Training in the use of an AED will also form part of a first aid course and this teaches the first aider to confidently use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) whilst doing CPR. Most shopping centres, hotels and events arenas all have AEDs in visible places that can be used by qualified first aid trained individuals together with CPR on a patient who has stopped breathing and has no pulse. When CPR with an AED is administered in good time, then the patient’s chance of survival almost triples!
The benefits of first aid trained workplace
There are many benefits of having someone do a first aid training course in the workplace. Having a first aider as part of your OHS team at work will assist your company with higher productivity, create a great team building opportunity and ensure OHS compliance. A cost-effective training company like Absolute Health Services can provide your first aid training courses which will assist in keeping your employees, customers and loved ones safe. With this first aid training, your first aiders will also understand what a first aid kit needs to have as well as understand how to use the contents correctly.
What are the 3 primary duties of a first aider?
The 3 primary duties of a trained first aider are covered by the 3-Ps or 3 Principles of first aid namely:
Preserve life by keeping the patient alive until qualified emergency personnel arrives;
Prevent further injury or illness from worsening;
Promote healing through ongoing first aid or medical care.
These principles can be obtained by attending a first aid course.
What do you mean by first aider?
In order to ensure a safe and incident free work environment, companies should have an occupational health and safety (OHS) team in order to be compliant with the law. One of the team members has to have an accredited qualification in first aid, and to receive a certificate as a first aider, you can do a First Aid NQF Level 1 training course at Absolute Health Services. A first aider should try and keep themselves familiar with current protocols and skills and attend a re-qualification course every 3 years. General responsibilities will be dependent on specific workplace requirements.
These could include preventing cross-contamination; making sure the first aid box and equipment is available and fit for purpose; assessing an incident and ensuring the scene is safe; contacting the emergency services; providing basic life support treatment; cleaning up after an incident as well as incident reporting and recording. First aiders should always try to remain calm and take charge of the situation so that you can ensure the safety of yourself, the scene, bystanders and the casualty as well as fully brief the emergency services.
What to expect at first aid training
Our first aid course is given by focused instructors in a professional and client focused manner. The First Aid NQF Level 1 qualification covers principles of first aid and scene management; elementary physiology and anatomy; patient assessment; CPR and choking; bleeding, wounds and burns; fractures and head and spinal injuries; bites, stings and poisoning; and treatments for environmental and medical emergencies. The topics are covered though a mix of both theory and practical training and simulations, and the delegate will receive a certificate which is valid for 3 years.
If you would prefer to just cover the basics of a life-saving skill due to time restraints or company requirements, then the shorter CPR for Everyone Basic Life Support (BLS) course would be more suitable. This popular course covers CPR, choking, and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator) for adults, children, and infants.
Absolute Health Services First Aid NQF Level 1 Training Course
We are fully accredited by the Health & Welfare SETA and Department of Labour to offer First Aid training which can be delivered on-site at the workplace or home for groups of 8 delegates, or delegates can train at one of our training centre venues in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, or Cape Town.