why do we need to learn First Aid or CPR? We have the 999 Emergency Service and the NHS.
According to St John Ambulance annually there are 140,000 related emergencies where a First Aider could have made a significant difference. In just one day you can learn how to do life saving First Aid including CPR and use an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator or a defib). But statistics are a bit dull so let me tell you Sally’s story.
Seven years ago Sally* spent the few days before Christmas in hospital with a chest infection. But being Christmas, the hospital were keen to send a distressed Sally home to her family. Sally had been planning a family Christmas for months and was upset she might miss it. Inparticular Sally’s four year old grand-daughter, who loved Christmas almost as much as Sally.
Christmas morning arrived with snow, that was deep and crips and even. The still poorly Sally got up to put the turkey in the oven. Sally collasped. She stopped breathing and very quickly afterwards her heart stopped.
Thankfully, both Sally’s son’s had undertaken a First Aid course and once the lack of breath had been identified they took proactive actions. One phone the ambulance, mobilised the local farmer to clear the road of snow, corralled family into another room, moved family cars and made the route as clearas they could for the ambulance crew. The other started CPR until his brother could take over.
It was a snowy Christmas morning and it took the ambulance 35 minutes to reach the family. Both son’s exhausted, but refusing to give up doing CPR; did everything they could to keep their Mum with them. The ambulance crew rushed Sally back into hospital where the team continued to save her life.
Seven years on, Sally, her husband and dogs have moved house to be closer to both sons and their four children. Sally has a slight resting tremor and can get a bit confused when tired. But is a very busy and devoted Grandmother of four! Both sons said if they hadn’t done CPR their Mum would not be here today.
Book your First Aid course today. Don’t put it off there might not be a tomorrow.
The team at RAS: Risk Advisory Service all deliver and certify a range of First Aid qualifications. Some First Aid courses are just a day long, others are longer and more indepth. How much your First Aid course will cost, what equipment your need and how long it takes to qualify, will depend upon your need. If you are a mountain rescue volunteer then your First Aid needs will be different to someone who works in an office or shop. Both need the basics like CPR or kiss of life, and how to use an AED or defib.
RAS: RIsk Advisory Service has a First Aid Course on 22 November in Coventry. Click here to book your place.