When it comes to health care training, first aid is one of the most important yet underestimated skills you should invest in as a care business.

Health care is a varied industry, and there are many different training courses to take. From catheterisation training to complex care and clinical training, Caring for Care offers the most efficient, high-quality training no matter what your needs. However, for most businesses, first aid is the perfect place to start.

You never know, it could be a simple case of applying an ice pack to someone’s leg after a minor injury, or in a more drastic scenario, you may have to use it one day to save someone’s life.

Here are just a few reasons why first aid training is vital within any care setting.

Compliance and legal

First and foremost, no matter what size health care business you work within, or if you own a company, first aid training is a mandatory requirement, introduced by The Health and Safety Regulations 1981.

In order to stay compliant and on the right side of the law, first aid courses are an essential part of health and social care in any business.

Life saving

It might seem excruciatingly obvious, but knowing how to execute basic first aid when there’s an emergency or accident can indeed save someone’s life.

Knowing how to attend to an injury or medical emergency, whether that’s a burn, fall, cut, or even a heart attack or stroke, can mean the difference between life and death. Scarily, it only takes six minutes for the brain to become damaged due to a lack of oxygen. If there’s a serious incident, having a first aider on hand, especially one who knows about moving and handling can buy enough time for the emergency services to arrive. This also means further damage to the individual can be prevented during those vital few minutes.

Prevent panicking

There’s nothing worse than people panicking in an emergency situation. Some people just don’t deal well with blood or injuries, and they can’t help that, but having a fully qualified first aider on site to attend to the emergency can create a calming atmosphere.

If the injured party is panicking, it can worsen both the pain and the scenario in general, so having someone to reassure and restore peace and calm can be priceless.

Especially vital for those with life-threatening illnesses

If you work within or run a large-scale care business, the likelihood is one or more clients may have some sort of illness. This could range from an immobilising disability to a severe allergy. Knowing how to provide urgent first aid to someone with an illness such as this is extremely important.

For example, being able to administer adrenaline for someone going into anaphylactic shock can save their life, but knowing the potential for this to happen at any moment is equally as important.

It can be done with limited equipment

The beauty of first aid is that most of it can be actioned with limited equipment.

The whole point of having a qualified first aider within a health care business, or even several, is to either see to an accident or injury and fix the problem (e.g. a cut finger), or buy time and ease the pain whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

Having the right equipment doesn’t mean having the equivalent of a hospital stock room in the stationery cupboard – you just need a small but adequate and well-stocked store of medical supplies to keep everything ticking along until the professionals arrive.

Variety of courses

From basic life support including CPR, bleeding and the recovery position to refresher courses, there’s a host of first aid training to choose from for your health care business.

Don’t forget, the law states that any training also needs to be refreshed every three years, and you also need to have a specific number of staff trained in first aid. So, if someone leaves who’s qualified, you’ll need to replace them.

Familiarise yourself with the specific type of course you think will be suitable, depending on the nature of the setting.

If you work with children, there’s plenty of courses that are tailored specifically for the care of children, such as paediatric first aid and emergency first aid courses. There’s even one which can be completed in half a day, for maximum time and cost efficiency.

Increases safety

First aid training not only increases safety in the workplace, but it can also help reduce the number of incidents on an annual basis.

Having first aiders on site means staff can be educated further on potential health and safety risks, and in turn help prevent the total number of accidents.

Positive attitude

When both staff and clients know they’re being looked after, productivity and positivity tends to increase.

This means a happier, healthier workplace, where morale is boosted and people enjoy coming to work. With this in mind, ensure all staff are made aware of who out of their colleagues is a first aider, and how they can report an accident if it occurs.

Avoid unnecessary hospital visits

For small injuries (such as cuts or minor burns), having an available first aider on-site can mean the difference between addressing it there and then, or making a trip to the A&E department – which could waste the valuable time of doctors and nurses.

Interested in finding out more, or booking your own first aid course for your health care business? From basic first aid to more specific courses such as peg feeding or suction training, simply get in touch via email or phone.