First Edition FAQ: The Most Commonly Asked First Aid Training Questions… Answered!
When signing up for a first aid training course it can be daunting not knowing what to expect. You know that you will learn life-saving skills but might be nervous of knowing how and when to actually use them. Not to worry! That is what first aid training is for! In a course, you will be taught the essential skills to assist you in an emergency for wounds, breathing emergencies, and so much more!
Of course, if there is anything you don’t understand… just ask! At First Edition, we believe there is no such thing as a silly question. All questions are valuable and important to help you (and those too shy to ask) understand what to do in a real-life scenario! That is why we want to make sure you are confident in your first aid knowledge by answering all of your questions. Here are the most commonly asked questions we have received at First Edition, and the answers!
What do I learn in a First Aid Training Course?
Most people assume they will learn CPR and understand how to use an AED, but there is so much more! A first aid course teaches you the things you need to respond quickly and effectively to medical emergencies of all types. In our first aid courses you will learn:
- How to respond to emergencies
- CPR and AED training
- Wound care
- Choking and breathing emergencies
- And much more! (Check out our blog to know exactly what to expect from a First Aid Course!)
These skills can be applied anywhere and at any time, so knowing what to do could be just the thing to save a friend, family member, or total stranger’s life!
Am I legally required to give First Aid after I am certified?
The short answer to this question is, no. Only professional medical personnel are required to give first aid once they have been certified. That being said, it is good to keep in mind that you are encouraged to help if you can (as long as it does not put yourself in harm’s way). If you ever feel uncomfortable or are scared of the potential danger, then you do not have to jump in.
If the thing holding you back is potentially hurting the person (ex. breaking ribs during CPR), then be comforted to know that there is the ‘Good Samaritan Act’ in Canada protecting you from liability. This act states that if you use the proper first aid skills to assist someone, any damage or harm done to the individual in the process will not be held against you. As the saying goes… ‘Go ahead, break my ribs!’ In the end it might just save a life!
Sometimes I’m not sure if I should call 911. Should I?
When coming across a situation, it is sometimes hard to determine whether it is an emergency or not. You may not have all the information or you think someone else has called. One of the best things to remember is to assess the situation and the seriousness of it. Consider the following situations provided by Red Cross:
Regarding the idea that ‘someone else called’. We call this the bystander effect. The fact is, most people assume 911 has been called so nobody ends up doing it. Guess what? The 911 operators don’t mind multiple calls! If you are not sure, ask those around you – or just make the call!
When in doubt, it is important to remember that a call to 911 is never the wrong thing to do. Your quick thinking could be the thing that saves a life!
Do I move a person if it is suspected they have a head, neck, or spinal injury?
Emergencies come in all forms, and head, neck, or spinal injuries are very serious and can even be life-threatening. To answer this question is ‘life over limb’. This means that we would rather you break their back than have them die. When finding someone unconscious, you must find out if the person is breathing. If they are, then no movement is required. Instead, call 911, stay close to the individual, and wait for professional medical personnel to arrive.
The only times that a person should be moved when they have a head, neck, or spinal injury is if they are NOT breathing. Then it becomes more serious and the person’s life is at risk – something that takes priority over the injury. In these instances, yes, the person should be moved to perform CPR. Another situation that may require the individual to be moved is if you or the patient are in an unsafe situation or environment. In this case, remove yourselves from the area and get towards safety until further medical and safety assistance is able to help.
What are the different levels in First Aid Training?
If you have visited the First Edition First Aid Training website, you have probably noticed that there are a few different course options available. The courses are categorized by levels, each offering its own unique learning experience. The courses available are:
- Level A – First Aid on adults only
- Level B – First Aid on children only
- Level C – First Aid on adults, children, and infants
- Level HCP – First Aid for adults, children, and infants including ‘Bag Valve Mask’ and other HCP (health care provider) skills
Register for the course that best matches the people you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis (although it is always a good idea to know what to do for people of all ages!). For downtown office workspaces, training the team with Level A is probably the most appropriate. For day-care workers who come into contact with children and parents, Level C might be the best choice.
BONUS: Not able to get to our location for class? No problem! First Edition First Aid Training Inc. offers Onsite courses that are perfect to get your team trained without having to leave your building! Contact us today and register for an onsite training course to get first aid certified.
How long is my First Aid certification valid?
The Red Cross certifications given out by First Edition First Aid Training Inc. are valid for 3 years. It is at this time that you can register for another course to renew your certification, update your knowledge, and refresh those life-saving skills into your memory!
Note: Some businesses and employers will have specific company requirements that may need you to recertify your first aid training every year.
First aid training is an amazing opportunity to learn skills that will tend to wounds, assist in every-day emergencies, and save lives! If you have any other questions, contact First Edition at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to answer any of your questions!
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