Don’t worry, it’s only a practice!

Don’t worry, it’s only a practice!

Technical Director for Health & Safety at DPI, Marc Bailey explains;

“There is a lot to learn when you undergo your initial first aid training but as time passes, you may become unfamiliar with some of the specific techniques you initially learnt. Added to this is the fact there are many techniques which are updated and required by medical practitioners, some of which you will not be aware of!

First aid requalification training helps to avoid the use of any evolved bad habits which can cause potential problems, especially if you make a mistake or forget a vital step when giving first aid. As such a first aid requalification course helps to ensure any bad habits are suitably corrected.

It is without doubt, being a first aider when someone has an accident is a big responsibility and if giving first aid is not something that you are used to doing, you can feel less confident and somewhat out of practice. A requalification course helps to increase confidence, as the course is all about reminding individuals of the key techniques and actions to take when faced with an emergency situation.

Legislation, regulations and specific guidelines constantly change and sometimes they affect the requirements of first aid training. So to help ensure compliance to the correct guidelines and protocols, a requalification course is a must.

The basic principles of first aid generally stay the same, however updated techniques are sometimes added to a course and as such, it’s important to know what these are. Rather than using out of date techniques which are no longer favoured by medical practitioners, a requalification course ensures you are doing your best for an injured person(s).

There is no denying the importance of the initial first aid training course. Nonetheless it feels great to re-gain confidence and know that you are up to date and fully compliant.”

Picture above taken at; A very enjoyable and informative 2 day First Aid at Work Requalification course, at the British Red Cross Centre, Bracknell on 15 &16 April 2024 arranged by Wisersafety.