Yes - I have to do Emergency First Aid every year as part of my job (in care work). It's usually a one-day refresher. They vary in what they cover. You learn how to deal with and recognise a range of conditions, including stroke, burns, epilepsy, fainting, blood loss. You should also learn, with practical exercises, about putting people in the recovery position, and about administering CPR and defibrillation. I'm the sort of person who learns best by doing something with a trained instructor. You can learn so much from reading - but I don't think you can beat actually doing those hands-on exercises with someone who knows what they're doing.
Hope this helps.
Just like tom I have to attend such a coarse mostly as a refresher for work. We usually have the same instructor,a female who has been on the frontline as it were, very practical and has honesty to say how it really is.
I struggle with the cpr now as doing two sets of 30 depressions and 2 breaths in a row hurts my back, I ask to be excused this time round as I have proved if needs be I have the technique but was refused. It hurt my back for a couple of weeks after. It was a training manikin and she knew if a life depended on it I would keep going until my last ounce of strength, but no I still had to complete it.
it should be quite informal.everyone is encouraged to join in and think about the risks we encounter in daily life at home and in work place.
I say go for it. It will give you confidence if ever you feel there is a need.
I did ask to be excused from watching a real life rescue and resuscitation video.
For some strange reason it brought me to tears as I was overwhelmed watching them working so hard to bring some one back, they were successful but it just overwhelmed me, I was allowed to leave the room for that bit.
Sounds like the one I saw, mate. It was a documentary being made about beach lifeguards somewhere in Australia - and while they were talking to a guard, a young lad got caught in a rip tide. Amazing that they managed to get him back. He was technically 'dead' for several minutes. Quite something when he opens his eyes!
I volunteered with emergency first aid for a few years. Prior to that I had done a one day course on first aid but had found that I forgot it after a few weeks and would not have had the confidence to use it. Volunteering meant that I attended more rigourous training, had continuous training (every 2 weeks) and was strongly encouraged to do as many real first aid duties as possible.
It was the practical aspect of it all that allowed me to really learn the first aid. It would be very difficult to be able to do first aid without having done any practical training. When you train you have to touch the practice dummies to make sure you do everything in the right place and with the right force. The more detailed training means that you also practice other skills on other people (putting people in the recovery position, bandaging, etc). We also used make up to try to give a sense of real injuries. The guy who did the make up was brilliant as the first time I saw a 'bleeding arm injury' it was very realistic and helped me to steady my nerves before treating. To have seen a real piece of glass sticking out of a real injury the first time you have to treat it would have been extremely difficult.
It does depend on what you intend to do with it. If it's just a point of interest then a local one day course may be sufficient. The first aid at work is slightly different as there is a legal requirement to keep that up to date so you would do further training. If you want the confidence to be able to help when you see an accident then it's really up to you to decide what will give you that confidence. I didn't feel I had the confidence until I'd had some experience supported by colleagues. Since then I have approached to offer help when I was just a passer by on a few occasions, though I was still relieved when the emergency services appeared and I was able to pass responsibility over to them.
Personally I think first aid should be taught to everyone from an early age. The more familiar people can become with administering first aid then the more confidence people would have to do it and the more likely you would see people stopping to help. You see videos of people who haven't stopped to help someone on the street and lots of comments about how horrible people are. I'd like to believe that it's actually mostly a case of not knowing how to help that prevents people from stepping up. So if even the one day course enables you to have the confidence to step up to a stranger to ask if they need help and then ring the emergency services I think it's a good thing.