You probably already have some idea about what a first aid course can teach you, but if you are curious to find out more, following is a description of some of the most important things you can learn during a first aid course.
• Head injuries: you will learn how to recognize both internal and external head injuries and how to provide immediate help for the victim, such as proper wound disinfection or applying adequate head bandages.
• Burns: a first aid course will teach trainees how to recognize and treat burns caused by fires, electric shocks, or chemical substances. You will also learn how to treat other symptoms which may be associated with burns, such as smoke inhalation.
• Poisoning: a first aid course will show you the different manifestations of poisoning by various substances (drugs, pills, alcohol poisoning, chemical substances) and will teach you some simple maneuvers that can alleviate the victim’s prognostic, such as administering medicinal coal or saline water.
• Bleedings: during a first aid course, you will learn how to apply compressive bandages to stop an external bleeding. You will also find out the symptoms that can help you recognize an internal bleeding and a few simple gestures that can prolong the victim’s survival, such as raising their legs above the level of the head and heart so as to maintain blood flow in critical areas of the body.
• Fractures: first aid training shows you the different ways in which fractured limbs or bones should be immobilized before being able to transport the victim to more specialized medical help. During a first aid course, you will also learn how to differentiate between an open and a closed fracture.
• Cuts and scrapes: although these injuries are less severe, it is important to know how to take care of them because they do have the potential of getting infected and causing significant harm at a later time.
• Seizures: during first aid training, you will learn how to recognize and differentiate between the various types of seizures, as well as how to keep the victims from swallowing their own tongue or getting injured during the episode.
• Sprains and strains: a first aid course will present the most common signs which can help you recognize a strained wrist or ankle, as well as the proper way of applying a bandage that can sustain the joint.
• Heart attack: although there is not much a non-professional can do to help a victim in case of a heart attack, a first aid course can show you how to rapidly recognize the symptoms. In this way, the victim can receive adequate medical help faster.
These are the nine basic topics taught in any certified first aid course. The information provided above is just a brief introduction into the lessons you can learn during first aid training. If you want to find out more, do not hesitate to join a first aid course; you will surely not regret it.