Why updating your first aid training is so important

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First aid training is something everyone can benefit from. Regardless of your industry, parental status, age or hobbies, an understanding of first aid is a life skill that could save someone else’s life. Equally important is keeping your first aid training up to date.

If you already completed a first aid course, you should congratulate yourself. Your first aid skills could make all the difference in an emergency situation.

As with any training, updating your skills and knowledge is vital.  In today’s fast-paced society we are constantly learning and improving the way we approach the things we do, including first aid.

Renewing your CPR and first aid training

If it has been longer than 12 months since you completed CPR training or more than three years since your first aid course, you’re due to renew. Keeping on top of these life-saving skills is essential for a few reasons.

Changes to procedures

As new research and studies take place, the way we approach first aid can shift. For example, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) was developed in the 1960s and has continually evolved in line with new findings over the years.

The guidelines around CPR are revisited regularly and even the most seemingly subtle changes can have an impact on the outcome of CPR. When every second counts, so do your understanding of performing CPR.

Keep it fresh in your mind

Thankfully we don’t generally need to put our first aid skills into action on a daily basis, but this can mean that some techniques or information can begin to fade or slip your mind. Yet another reason why regularly updating your first aid training is a wise move.

When performing first aid, the smallest things can make a big difference, so it’s vital that you have the most up to date skills and knowledge available.

If it’s time for you to freshen up your first aid, take a look at our first aid training courses: http://selmar.edu.au/firstaid

 

 

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