Simple accidents, such as trips or slips, are a common element in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of school life. However, these little accidents are capable of causing serious injuries and worse.
Guaranteeing our children are safe in school is one of the top priorities of parents, teachers and school administration. This has brought first aid training to the forefront making it a priority in schools. Having students and staff trained in first aid not only boosts the safety of the entire school, but it also can be the difference between life and death in the event of a medical emergency.
Many accidents occur in schools ranging from minor scrapes and wounds to fractures and other health problems that require a swift initial medical response. Providing students with first aid training helps to reduce risk and empower them with the ability to assess and manage the situation in the event of a medical emergency.
What is First Aid Training?
In the event of a medical emergency, first aid is the initial assistance provided to a child or individual while waiting for the medical professionals to arrive. In the worst of cases, first aid can be the difference between life and death.
According to National Ambulance, in 2016 they responded to almost 5,000 calls every day from citizens in the UAE in need of medical assistance. Their average response time was just under 9 minutes. Add to that the amount of time it would take to transport individuals in need of medical assistance to the hospital, and the initial response provided by people trained in first aid proved very beneficial.
First Aid Training for Students
First aid training for students provides them with the life-saving techniques needed to provide an initial response in the event of medical emergency. Initial medical response training empowers students with the tools and information they need to offer help for others in the event of a nosebleed, or if someone is choking, unresponsive, has a broken bone, an allergic reaction, or an asthma attack (among others). First aid training for students not only provides a valuable life skill, but they also learn to be responsible for the welfare others, adding to the sense of community within a school.
HSS Basic First Aid Training for Students
At HSS, our basic first aid course familiarizes students with the roles and responsibilities of the first aid responder. Basic first aid training for students covers a range of fundamental but vital skills, to include:
- How to check if the area is safe.
- How to stay calm and to think before administering any first aid treatments.
- How to talk to the person they are helping.
- How to get ahold of emergency services.
- How to describe someone’s condition.
- How to apply pressure to a wound.
- How to administer CPR.
- How to treat a scrape, cut or burn.
- What to do in the event of an allergic reaction.
- And much more.
Introducing first aid training for students provides them with invaluable life skills. Training also helps to build their communication skills, self-confidence, and the ability to work well with others. First aid requires leadership, the patience to listen to those around you, and encourages teamwork. Training helps build these skills, which are incredibly versatile and will continue to assist students long into their lives.
Are you a parent or school in the UAE looking to provide first aid training to your staff or students? At HSS Health & Safety, we offer a wide range of first aid training classes, provided for all levels of experience. When it comes to the health and safety of our children and loved ones, it’s better to be safe than sorry and proper first aid safety training is an essential life skill. Contact us to learn more.