10 Reasons Why You Should Get First Aid Training
Posted in First Aid Articles, on December 20, 2022
One of Lifeguarding Academy's goals is to provide accessible First Aid and CPR training to everyone. Having access to formal training opportunities has been shown to reduce the amount of permanent disability and death in our communities. Below we have compiled our top 10 reasons why you should be trained in First Aid and CPR:
1. Early Recognition of Medical Emergencies
With first aid training, you will be able to recognize life threatening conditions for yourself and your loved ones quickly. Early intervention is key in many scenarios to prevent further injury. Knowing the signs and symptoms of emergency medical conditions can allow for quicker response times, and higher survival rates.
2. It Leads to Safer Behaviour
A big part of first aid training is learning about prevention- we see this in one of the three goals of first aid, prevent further injury. When you understand the possible risks, you are less likely to engage in dangerous behavior.
3. Effective Communication During Emergencies
In first aid courses, we discuss how to effectively communicate with victims, bystanders and EMS. Being able to give clear information quickly and clearly is important for a successful rescue.
4. More Employment Opportunities
Many workplaces require their employees to have first aid training, so candidates with first aid training have more options than those without. Successful participants will receive a WSIB approved first aid certification that can support future job opportunities.
5. It Creates a Safer Workplace
The more employees a workplace has with first aid training, the safer the workplace. With more employees trained, awareness of safe behaviors within the workplace will increase. If there is an accident, employees are more prepared to handle situations, resulting in less deaths and permanent disabilities.
6. Increases Rescuer Confidence
With formal first aid training, you practice many different first aid situations. This practice allows you to be calm when you encounter a first aid rescue in the workplace or in your community.
7. Reduces Recovery Time
Being able to provide the correct first aid treatment will decrease the recovery time for some emergencies. For example, applying the appropriate treatment for a sprain will decrease the amount of time it takes to heal.
8. Prevents Further Injury
One of the goals of first aid is to prevent further injury. Taking knowledge from your first aid class, you will be able to provide treatment for someone in need without accidentally causing more harm. An example of this is when victims have a suspected spinal injury- any additional movement can magnify the injury leading to the head, neck or spine.
9. Saves Time and Money
Being able to identify different types of emergencies will allow you to understand if you should contact 911, go to a doctors office, or monitor at home. Knowing where victims should go will help save time and decrease costs.
10. It Saves Lives
Basic first aid treatment increases the chances of survival for the victim you are treating. This is especially important if you live with someone at more risk of sudden cardiac arrest, as immediate CPR and use of an AED can increase chances of survival rates by 85%. Check out our blog post here to learn more about CPR.
There are many reasons why everyone should receive First Aid and CPR training, the most important of which being that it saves lives. Lifeguarding Academy offers many types of First Aid courses to fit your needs. Do your part for your community by signing up today, you can find our course postings here.