Imagine stepping onto an aircraft for your annual holiday. Your flight to one of the Mikonos will take about 4 hours, and during that time you will be served meals and drinks while relaxing and watching TV. Now imagine that all of a sudden you find your partner having a heart attack and have stopped breathing. You are a very long way away from the nearest medical help at 35,000ft…or are you? You would expect the crew working for the airline to be able to help you to some degree, wouldn’t you?
Now imagine you are crossing the channel tunnel of the Eurostar and there is still 45min to go until you reach Paris. The person next to you collapses without any notice or obvious cause, what would you do? Who will help them, the train staff?
How about the car accident you have just witnessed outside your house. The ambulance is on its way, but the driver is bleeding badly, what can you do to help them?
Now imagine that you have just finished a 90 min Hot Stone massage on a regular client who as they get up, collapses onto the floor. They don’t appear to be moving or breathing, what can you do? Is it simply enough for you to call for an ambulance or should you be able to do more? How would you feel if that client was to die just because you didn’t know how to open their airway and place them into the recovery position?
By simply having completed a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work or the more comprehensive 3 day First Aid at Work course, you may very well have easily been able to help these people.
Having a First Aid Qualification can genuinely save lives in such a simple way. You don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse, you don’t have to be a certain age or work in a specific industry. Everyone can learn these basic lifesaving skills in just a few hours. We always think “It will never happen to me”, but sadly accidents and injuries happen in every walk of life, and usually when least expected.
As many therapists are self-employed or work with just a couple other people it is even more imperative that they are First Aid trained. We all hate paying for insurance, just in case something happens. Well First Aid is exactly the same, only this time it is insurance for something irreplaceable, a life. We also need to remember that these are life skills, not just work skills. They can also be used in our everyday lives, potentially saving the life of a loved one at home. A First Aid Qualification also gives us the emotional comfort of knowing that we will actually be able to deal with an incident should it arise as the training will automatically kick in.
A First Aid Qualification is valid for 3 years before a re-qualification needs to be taken. Most companies that offer First Aid courses also offer short annual refresher courses to keep skills and knowledge up to date before a requalification is required. Although these refresher courses are not mandatory, they are encouraged. First Aid is fortunately not something which we have to use on a daily basis and therefore start to forget some of the basics, which is why refresher courses are such a good idea.
As therapists we come into contact with so many people from all walks of life within and we very quickly have to put our clients at ease to help them relax and gain the most out of their treatment. Clients give themselves over to us and can often feel quite vulnerable by doing so. Unconsciously people also expect us to be able to know what to do if something were to happen to them, from a stubbed toe on the step to being able to perform CPR.
Although it is not yet compulsory for therapists to have a First Aid Qualification in all cases, many insurance companies will insist on it before they will insure you. Many courses now also have a First Aid qualification built into the course which needs to be completed before a certificate will be issued. This is a fantastic step forward for our industry and also helps you stand out as a therapist.
We all strive to improve our clients’ lives, but simply by having a First Aid Qualification we could potentially save their life.
At Brighton Holistics
we run a number of First Aid training courses
ranging from First Aid for Therapist Level 2 (FHT) to Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF), Paediatric First Aid (QCF) and also Activities First Aid (QCF) for the more adventures person. All the courses are fully accredited.