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Why is learning first aid at work a valuable life skill?

All companies, whether individual proprietors or large public sector organizations, have a legal need to offer enough first aid coverage to guarantee their employees receive quick assistance if they are injured or become unwell at work.

However, some participants have historically been hesitant to enroll in these courses, fearful of the responsibility of being a first aider at work and skeptical of their employer’s motives in enrolling them. This post, hopefully, will help to shift the perception of this training and let everyone realize what a tremendous privilege and benefit it is to be able to gain these skills at work.

Learning first aid is a fantastic team-building activity. Staff not only obtain a transferable talent, but they also like gaining this knowledge, which is enhanced by the course’s practical character. Many perceive it as a staff benefit, especially if they are given the option to learn adult and child first aid on this course, allowing them to help their family at home as well as assist their work colleagues.

Any of the abilities you acquire could provide you with the knowledge you need to save a life or

improve the outcome of someone who has been in an accident.


Here are ten reasons why knowing first aid should be high on everyone’s priority list:

First and foremost, first aid saves lives

The ability to provide basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. According to a Red Cross report, 59% of deaths from accidents may have been avoided if first aid had been administered before the emergency services arrived.

First aid shortens recovery time

First aid can make or break someone’s chances of recovery and mean the difference between a temporary or permanent handicap.

First aid cuts hospitalization time

Early assistance with first aid can shorten the length of time a patient must stay in the hospital.

First aid prevents medical issues from deteriorating

Knowing the fundamentals of first aid might help you avoid escalating a poor situation. Consider a patient who is suffering from severe bleeding from a deep incision. Without treatment, the patient may suffer from serious blood loss.

You can prevent a medical emergency from rapidly developing and stabilize the patient until more medical help comes by applying pressure using simple first aid measures. The same is true with burns, when timely and adequate treatment not only decreases damage but also promotes healing, decreasing pain, scarring, and long-term harm damage.

Knowing first aid might help you avoid unneeded hospital trips

Not every accident results in a hospitalization, but all require medical attention. Some injuries, such as a knocked head, bruised knee, or sprained ankle, can be treated more effectively with the proper treatment, such as competent bandaging, rest, or swelling reduction with a wrapped ice pack.

First aid training also teaches you to prioritize injuries so that the most seriously injured or unwell people get the best possible care. As well as providing you with the knowledge to determine whether someone needs additional care and whether that treatment should be provided by a GP, at a hospital, or requires emergency paramedic intervention.

Qualified first aid can decrease the amount of pain experienced by casualties

Knowing how to respond allows you to remain calm in an emergency. Staying cool allows you to provide emotional support to the patient while also preventing them from panicking, which may be a very powerful type of pain relief. Furthermore, learning how to physically move someone in pain, support their injuries, and apply appropriate bandaging and dressings can help to minimize the amount of pain they feel.

Critical communication for emergency services

Staying with the patient until emergency personnel arrive allows you to communicate critical information about how the patient received the injury or information about their status. This information is critical for emergency services to treat the patient effectively, and it can also help the patient’s treatment and recovery.

Learning first aid increases your awareness and reduces your vulnerability to accidents

Learning first aid and becoming aware of potential hazards and medical difficulties raises our health awareness and enables us to better care for ourselves, our friends, and our families. It builds resilient communities while relieving demand on the NHS.

First aid makes you feel empowered

Learning first aid will give you the confidence to react effectively in the event of an accident. It is critical to treat any potentially life-threatening injuries before dialing 911 for an ambulance. It’s also helpful to know when, if, and how to relocate someone after an accident.

It helps you be ready for anything

Nobody knows what the future holds for us or our loved ones. A sudden illness, such as a heart attack, stroke, serious bleeding, or breathing difficulties, necessitates quick assistance, which you will be well prepared to deliver after completing a course. First aid also prepares you to cope with bleeding, burns, shortness of breath, bites, shocks, stings, splints, and fainting, so no matter what medical situation life throws at you, you should be prepared to respond efficiently.