Learning skills to provide assistance to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
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Why: If someone suddenly takes ill or has a serious injury, the first few minutes can be crucial and could help save a life before paramedics arrive.
How it works: There are a variety of courses available, including first aid for babies and children, emergency at work, defibrillator and CPR, anaphylaxis, adult care provision and medical gases. Course length vary from two hours to three days and some can offer qualifications.
Benefits: First aid and CPR saves lives, particularly where there are grave injuries and it is critical that immediate action is taken. Training gives critical knowledge and confidence to effectively manage an emergency without fear or confusion.
Trainees learn how to perform CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (optional), bandage injuries, and control blood flow – critical skills for emergencies anywhere.
Give it a go at:
Mini First Aid: Holds a two-hour course for baby and child first aid: Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Lancaster; The Hub, Buckshaw Village; Penwortham Priory Academy; and Whalley Village Hall. £20. Visit http://www.lancashire.minifirstaid.co.uk/classes/
M.A.D Ltd: One-day Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) at Ackhurst Road. Chorley, on May 22 and July 10. £52.50. http://www.madfirstaid.co.uk/
Lancashire First Aid: One-day Emergency First Aid at Work at Goodwin’s Restaurant, Chorley, on May 17 and September 17 and Norman Jepson Beefeater, Preston, on June 25 and November 5. £70. http://www.lancashirefirstaid.co.uk
St John Ambulance: Offers a variety of paid courses. Check out their website for more information - http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-courses/course-search.aspx
Centaur Training Services: Courses held at 1st Floor Farington Mill, Centurion Industrial Estate, Leyland Lancashire or at venues in Blackpool, Lancaster, Blackburn and Eccles. https://www.centaurtraining.co.uk/