What is First Aid?

First Aid is the act of providing help and assistance to the victim of an accident to sustain life until medical attention arrives.

Often when an accident or emergency situation occurs there is no immediate medical attention available. It is is the first moments after this situation occurs that it can be critical that first aid is provided to reduce harm and potentially save lives.

A First Aid training course can prepare people for an accident or emergency situation and provide useful knowledge and skills that can  reduce harm and ultimately save the lives.

In the home or workplace if an accident does occur in all reality it will be at least 10 to 30 minutes in many cases before medical attention in the way of an ambulance, nurse  or doctor will arrive. Your personal knowledge and skills developed in a first aid training course may well be the difference in survival or the reduction of serious harm occurring to a colleague or loved one.

One of the key objectives of first aid treatment is sustaining the life of a patient while waiting for medical attention to arrive. Life threatening conditions and fatal injuries are not to be ignored. A single minute delay in giving treatment can potentially cost a persons life.

One of most important skills that you will learn as part of a first aid training course is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR.