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May 18, 2018 Friday 02:26:52 PM IST

The Importance of First Aid Training in Schools

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Simple accidents, such as trips or slips, are a common element in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of school life. However, these little accidents are capable of causing serious injuries and worse.

Guaranteeing our children are safe in school is one of the top priorities of parents, teachers and school administration. This has brought first aid training to the forefront making it a priority in schools. Having students and staff trained in first aid not only boosts the safety of the entire school, but it also can be the difference between life and death in the event of a medical emergency.

Many accidents occur in schools ranging from minor scrapes and wounds to fractures and other health problems that require a swift initial medical response. Providing students with first aid training helps to reduce risk and empower them with the ability to assess and manage the situation in the event of a medical emergency.

First aid training for students provides them with the life-saving techniques needed to provide an initial response in the event of medical emergency. Initial medical response training empowers students with the tools and information they need to offer help for others in the event of a nosebleed, or if someone is choking, unresponsive, has a broken bone, an allergic reaction, or an asthma attack (among others). First aid training for students not only provides a valuable life skill, but they also learn to be responsible for the welfare others, adding to the sense of community within a school.

A first aid training should cover the following possible instances:

*How to check if the area is safe.

*How to stay calm and to think before administering any first aid treatments.

*How to talk to the person they are helping.

*How to get a hold on emergency services.

*How to describe someone’s condition.

*How to apply pressure to a wound.

*How to administer CPR.

*How to treat a scrape, cut or burn.

*What to do in the event of an allergic reaction.