The two basic first aid skills all teachers should know.

Mike Dennis
Posted by Mike Dennis

Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2016. -  
Blog, First Aid, Paediatric

Following on from our previous posts on why teachers & students should be first aid trained, we wanted to share these two basic skills to prevent people from dying after being injured.

A new study, conducted by Manchester University, finds that more than half of Greater Manchester bystanders don’t know basic first aid. This coincides with the fact that more than half of all people in the area who die before they get to a hospital, could be saved if someone with basic first aid knowledge stepped in to help.

The study found that when somebody is seriously injured, 93% of people will call for an ambulance. However, up to 59% of those people will not provide potentially life-saving first aid during the wait for help, because they don’t know how!

So how does this information relate to teachers?

Well, as we all know, children are more prone to accidents than most adults. This makes it even more necessary for teachers to have at least basic first aid training. So with that in mind, here are our two simple first aid skills everyone should know to help save lives:

  1. If the casualty is unresponsive & breathing, you should open the person’s airway. Do this by placing them on their side with their head tilted back. For more information on this, check out our infogram on how to put someone in the recovery position.
  1. If they are bleeding heavily, you should put pressure on the wound. For more information on how to deal with a bleeding casualty, check out our infogram.

These two skills will put your mind at ease and come in useful should you ever need to treat a casualty. However, if you’re looking for more comprehensive paediatric first aid, we have a range of options to suit you and your business; including our new market-leading Blended Learning option.

If you’re looking for more info on first aid, our handy First Aid app allows you to take our tips with you on the go – without the need for wifi/data/signal. Plus, soon you’ll be able to download our Paediatric First Aid app – meaning you’ll have more specific tips to meet your needs!

In the meantime, check out our First Aid Tips page and infograms.