Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. But how often do people get the right help in these situations?
While many adults- especially people who work as first responders, paramedics, lifeguards, firefighters, child care, or social workers- sign up for first aid certifications, we rarely think of getting our children trained for the same. Having basic first aid knowledge and skills brings you one step closer to saving someone’s life. Whether it is an adult or a child, having first aid training will help them be equipped to respond to medical emergencies, that could potentially avoid fatality.
Children are the future of our society. By encouraging first aid training among them, we will essentially be giving rise to a generation of citizens who are aware of necessary health and safety protocols that are required to help others and survive in this world. In short, neglecting the importance of first aid could lead to a society that is unable to assess risk and respond correctly in the face of a mishap. So, in this article, we will evaluate the importance of first aid training for school-going children.
First aid training for children
Many schools in the UAE still haven’t included first aid training as part of their curriculum for their pupils as they are either unaware of its importance or consider it an unnecessary course. However, introducing a first aid course, even as part of an extracurricular at schools, such as the gym or sports class, or as part of a moral education class can help prepare children even as young as 9 or 10 to respond immediately in case of an emergency without panicking.
The benefits of learning first aid at school extend outside its four walls. While adults in the care of children would love to care for their children at all times, it may be a little unrealistic. As children get older, they are naturally inclined to explore their surroundings more, which inevitably leads to mishaps more often than not. Many parents constantly worry about their child’s safety, especially if they are very active and are prone to a lot of minor accidents. If your child is taught the basics of health and safety and has knowledge of first aid, it could be very reassuring to know that your child is capable of taking care of themselves or others and can quickly respond in the face of an accident.
Lifesaving lessons must be introduced considering the age and capability of a child. Younger children can be taught the basics of first aid such as hands-only compression and controlling bleeding and when and how to call 999 in the face of an accident at school, home, or play area. Older children, who are often responsible for caring/ babysitting their younger siblings or cousins, must receive more thorough training to act fast in case of any mishap involving the latter. Having the right knowledge and skills to perform first aid duty will also increase your child’s confidence and encourage them to act more responsibly.
Basic first aid course at HSS
If you want your child to have a more in-depth understanding and necessity of health and safety measures, getting him or her the right training in first aid is the natural first step. First aid training will undoubtedly build confidence, communication, and leadership skills when facing an adverse situation.
Since first aid courses are not mandatory at most schools, parents may wonder as to how they can ensure that their children receive the necessary training to act decisively in face of an accident.
At the HSS training center in Dubai, we provide the ASHI Basic First Aid course, specifically to help students develop basic first aid knowledge and skills to respond confidently during an emergency. This first aid training program is tailored for youngsters and is an excellent course to learn as a member of our community. Adults who require to undergo basic training as part of their workplace requirements are also welcome to join the course. The course material conforms to the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.
During the 3-hour training program, the trainees are taught basic first aid skills for tending to injuries, bleeding, fractures, and burns, practical training to do dressings, bandages, use Epi-pens and first aid kits, manage medical emergencies such as a heart attack, stroke, diabetic emergencies, seizures, allergic reactions, choking (airway obstruction) in adults, children, and Infants. The course is presented as an interactive session involving a DVD presentation and enacting practical scenarios, encouraging participation from all the student trainees. After covering the course materials, the trainees will have to clear a written and practical examination.
On completion of the course, the student trainees are awarded the International Certification from the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), local accreditation with the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) and Trakhees-EHS, and Continuous Medical Education (CME) points (as applicable and certified by Dubai Health Authority). The certificates are issued on the same day of the training and are valid for 2 years from the date of course completion. Every student who undergoes the training also receives a wallet-sized certification card as well as an A4 course completion certificate to mark their achievement. The certification is recognized by the Dubai government and approved by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) and by UAE free zones as accredited by Trakhees-EHS.
First aid training for students should no longer be an elective. By encouraging and developing first aid skills and knowledge among youngsters, we will be molding a generation of responsible adults who value the health and safety of others as well as themselves. This in turn will help reduce the number of accidents and mishaps around us, making the world a safer place for all.
So what do you think? Isn’t it time to change the antiquated beliefs and teach our children to be more proactive members of society by learning first aid? Book the first aid training course for your children with HSS today.