First Aid course recommendation

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First Aid course recommendation

Postby peejay » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:59 pm

I must confess that I know very little on the FA side of things and it strikes me as being a useful thing to learn about but I'm not sure of the best type of course to go for.

I did a quick search recently and there seemed to be variety of types available, e.g. "First Aid at work" and "Emergency First Aid at work" but not much info on the differences. It looks like work-related courses carry a price premium as well, presumably on the basis that a company is expected to pay for it.

So, what's the best way to start on such a learning exercise?

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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby Deeps » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:35 pm

peejay wrote:I must confess that I know very little on the FA side of things and it strikes me as being a useful thing to learn about but I'm not sure of the best type of course to go for.

I did a quick search recently and there seemed to be variety of types available, e.g. "First Aid at work" and "Emergency First Aid at work" but not much info on the differences. It looks like work-related courses carry a price premium as well, presumably on the basis that a company is expected to pay for it.

So, what's the best way to start on such a learning exercise?


I'm looking forward to the answers from those better qualified than myself and we have a fair few on here, I've been in and out of date on first aid over the years, I've been surprised that there have been changes as time goes on so it's not an exact science. You're right that it seems to be targeted at a corporate market though, at least the courses I've looked at for refreshers, I could spend the money on better things.

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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby Brambles » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:37 am

St John Ambulance do a range of courses for the general public with prices starting @£30 inc VAT. I keep meaning to book one, but still haven't :oops:
https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-cou ... ublic.aspx
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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby Deeps » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:39 am

Brambles wrote:St John Ambulance do a range of courses for the general public with prices starting @£30 inc VAT. I keep meaning to book one, but still haven't :oops:
https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-cou ... ublic.aspx


Cheers, I'll check that out.

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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby Mad Medic » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:31 am

Did 20+ years in SJA so would suggest looking at these courses http://www.remoteemergencycare.com as being much more appropriate for Preppers. The First Aid at Work and EFAW is very much geared towards work environment with an ambulance 8 minutes away. So if SHTF happens your chances of getting an ambulance are pretty remote I'd suggest! :o

However ANY FA training is better than no training at all.
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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby peejay » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:53 am

Thanks both - the remote courses look interesting though as you say, even a basic SJA course would be a good start at least.

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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby Brambles » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:56 am

Mad Medic wrote:Did 20+ years in SJA so would suggest looking at these courses http://www.remoteemergencycare.com as being much more appropriate for Preppers. The First Aid at Work and EFAW is very much geared towards work environment with an ambulance 8 minutes away. So if SHTF happens your chances of getting an ambulance are pretty remote I'd suggest! :o

However ANY FA training is better than no training at all.


Those look OK if you live southern England, but something of a trek for the rest of us. Bit pricey too if I might say so. :o
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Re: First Aid course recommendation

Postby ParamedicPrepper » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:40 am

Do a basic first aid course to get the hang of it then get on YouTube and look up first aid on there. As you get a bit more informed lookup some more advanced videos like airway management with adjuncts and videos about common medical conditions and how they present.

Unfortunately to be really good at it you have to practise and experience it for a few years to see what dead and dying really looks like then you think most cuts and grazes are trivial in the grand scheme of things and makes it easier to deal with

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