Shocking statistics eh? When I was at work I was the First Aider, and I’ve attended courses about how to use a defibrillator and how to deal with choking in babies. I’d consider myself to have the basic skills to help a child (though, I have used the skills more on myself than anyone else – accident prone!) in need but helping young people is quite different than helping an adult, and, your brain does forget quite a lot over time as well.
When I saw an on-line Paediatric Emergency First Aid course I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought I would take the course anyway, because I’m a geek and like to be equipped with life saving knowledge, just in case (I was Brownie; “Be prepared”!). My First Aid at work course had run over a whole week and was really in-depth, and I expected this one to be more of a revision, or, a skim through the necessary skills. I was wrong.
I studied the course in my own time over the course of two weeks. This is the perfect way to do it if you are a parent, you can dip in and out of it and sit down with a cuppa and concentrate on it when you know you have a clear slot of head space.
The course contents were as comprehensive as the physical course I had attended – sure we didn’t get to practice on rescusi Annie – but the information was crystal clear and easily understood. The course is sectioned into ten modules and contains written and video information. It has everything you would need to empower yourself well enough to handle an emergency situation calmly and appropriately.
A test at the end revealed that I might need to revise a few sections again,but I did pretty well. I would like to go through the course again periodically as a refresher, I am hoping maybe Spearhead will comment below to tell us how long our login to the course remains valid for?
The course costs a mere twenty quid, ten pounds of which goes to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, so for such a bargain price, I really would encourage everyone, parents, carers, just anybody at all to take this course, equip themselves with knowledge and you never know, one day you might be able to be a super hero and save somebody’s life.