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What Do You Learn in a First Aid Course?

What Do You Learn in a First Aid Course?

You’ve probably heard how important it is to get trained in First Aid, but do you actually know what you will learn? First Aid training is an opportunity to discover how to do some truly life-saving stuff – the every-day hero type stuff! The most common skill that people expect to gain from a First Aid course is how to perform CPR. But CPR isn’t the only thing we will teach you! There are many different emergencies that occur at home, in the workplace, or in public places that require immediate attention. The key is understanding how to treat and assist in each of these situations to help save lives and protect others! So, if you have been wondering what you will learn in a first aid course, we have your answer! Here is everything that you will be taught in a First Edition First Aid course based upon the program practices of The Red Cross.


Responding to Emergencies

One of the most significant things that a first aid course will teach you is how to respond to an emergency. Before you use your first aid skills to bandage a cut, sling an arm, etc., you need to know how to respond to the situation first. In your course you will learn everything you need to begin helping in particular emergencies: how to approach the individual, what you should look for, and how to decrease your own risk of harm. First Edition uses an approach strategy called the 3 C’s – Check, Call, and Care. People are quick to rush in to help but lack the awareness of what to do before approaching. Having this information could save someone’s life including your own!


AED - First Aid CourseCPR and AED Training

We see CPR performed on TV and film all the time, and because of it CPR has become seemingly common knowledge. Everyone remembers the tune to ‘Staying Alive’ but the question is, do you actually know how to perform CPR correctly? Do you know how many compressions you should give between breaths? Or how deep the compressions should be? All of these are important factors to consider when giving CPR to a person in need.

In addition to using CPR on someone who is having a cardiac arrest (much different than a heart attack – another thing you will learn!), an AED should be used! Using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) will more than double the patient’s chance of survival. Knowing how to use these life-saving devices is easy, and when you get a chance to practice using them in a classroom setting, you will feel even more confident when/if you need to use one in an emergency.

Wound CareWound Care - First Aid Course

What do you do if someone has a nail in their foot? How do you care for an intense burn as a result of working in the kitchen? No matter how big or small a wound is, it is necessary that it is treated appropriately. In each First Aid course you will learn how to correctly bandage wounds, treat bruises and burns, and care for other face and chest wounds. Simple skills that will be used in the bumps and scrapes that go along with everyday life.


Choking and Breathing Emergencies

Whether someone is 5 months, 15 years, or 50 years old, we all can experience choking. Food gets stuck in our throats or we have an allergic reaction to something – whatever it is, these emergencies require immediate action. In a first aid course you will learn how to jump in and help an adult, child, or infant when they require assistance to clear their airways. You will also recognize other breathing emergencies in your training that will teach you how to offer aid to those with asthma and anaphylaxis!



Poisons are deadly, so be properly equipped to deal with them! Poisons are not always something we accidentally ingest, they can be something in the air or on materials that we come into contact with. In your course, you will understand what to do in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, poisonous plant exposure, stings, bites, and much more. Know what to look for and how to care for each until further medical assistance is provided. This is a crucial skill to have for everyone, but can be particularly reassuring for parents with young children as well as individuals who love hiking and camping in the wilderness.


Bodily Injuries - First Aid CourseBodily Injuries

As much as we try to keep ourselves safe, accidents happen! We fall, trip, slip, or crash and it can cause some serious bodily harm. Even though you may be a bystander to some of these injuries, you will have the skills to step in and provide aid. Learn how to help someone with a head, neck, spinal, bone, muscle, or joint injury simply by attending a first aid course!


Sudden Medical Emergencies

Most first aid courses will cover the topics identified above, but not every course will dive into the other more sudden medical emergencies. First Edition First Aid takes the time to educate you on what to do for other medical problems such as diabetic emergencies, seizures, mental health emergencies, and even childbirth! You will truly come out of your training feeling prepared to provide assistance for every crisis.


What you learn in a first aid course can be applied anywhere, by anyone, at any time! Gain the skills that could help another and feel confident that when an emergency occurs, you have the ability to respond correctly! Not certified in First Aid yet? No problem! First Edition First Aid Training Inc. offers courses every month in both Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid. Head to our website and register for some life-saving First Aid training! One day, someone may thank you for saving their life.


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