15 Feb Will I learn CPR in a first aid in the workplace course?
Well, that’s a good question. There are many first aid in the workplace courses out there and we can’t speak for all of them. What we can say, though, is that you will learn CPR on our first aid in the workplace course.
That’s whether you take the one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course or the three-day first aid at work course.
If that’s all you wanted to know, then you could stop reading there and head straight to our courses page, where all our first aid in the workplace courses are listed.
Otherwise, please do read on for more information about CPR itself.
What is basic CPR exactly?
That’s another good question. CPR has become such a commonly used acronym – like PS (Post-Script), PIN (Personal Identification Number) and SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) that what its initials actually stand for has become a popular quiz question.
CPR is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (you can see why we don’t bother much with its full name) and, according to the British Heart Foundation, who should know, it’s a “life-saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t.” (British Heart Foundation)
Do I need to learn basic CPR? I’ve watched Casualty, Holby City and ER for years.
Well, only you can answer that question, but first consider this. Did you know that there are two types of CPR? Hands-only CPR is exactly what you’d imagine – leaning over the person’s chest and giving chest compressions until an ambulance arrives.
And then there’s CPR with rescue breaths – the kind of CPR that combines giving chest compressions with giving rescue breaths.
And did you also know that the NHS only recommends giving hands-only CPR unless you’ve been specifically trained in CPR?
And finally, if you were in the position of being the only person on hand to give CPR to someone whose life might just depend on it, wouldn’t you feel better knowing exactly what you were doing?
So what will I learn about CPR in your first aid in the workplace course?
Firstly, you’ll learn how to recognise when it’s necessary to give CPR and what to do if, unfortunately, you find yourself in the position of having to administer it.
One thing we will teach you regarding basic CPR is that when you do need to take that step – so if someone is unconscious and isn’t breathing normally – the absolute first thing to do is call 999 or 112 straight away.
Why 999 or 112?
112 is the European emergency number and will work wherever you are in Europe and in the UK. 999 obviously works in the UK. Both of these numbers will also send an sms text message to the emergency operator with your location within 30 metres. straight away. Don’t hang about, don’t delay – just pick your phone up immediately.
As for what else we will teach you, there’s too much information to go into in a blog, but after taking our course you will be able to do several things:
- Recognise when CPR needs to be administered
- Justify placing a casualty in the recovery position
- Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position
- Demonstrate CPR using one of our manikins
You’ll be confident not only in recognising that CPR is needed, but in being the one who’s going to deliver it.
Will I learn how to use a defibrillator in the course?
Yes. Just as an aside, we think it’s a minor miracle that given their full name – automated external defibrillators – defibrillators haven’t also come to be known by their initials, just like CPR. But defibrillators they have become and defibrillators they shall undoubtedly remain.
But yes, in answer to the question, we will teach you how to work the nifty pieces of kit which now, happily, seem to be placed in most offices, workplaces and schools. When you’re in the position of needing to use one, you don’t really want to be reading the instructions and doing it for the first time.
Not sure when to use one? The answer is very simple. If you are giving CPR and have access to a defib, you use it. The defibrillator reads the rhythm of the heart and, if necessary, generates an electrical shock which allows the heart to re-establish its normal rhythm.
How important is it to have someone who knows CPR in my workplace?
Again, only you can answer that question, but unless you can say with cast-iron certainty that no member of your staff is ever going to need CPR then we would say that you do need someone who knows how to administer it.
In terms of what the actual rules and regulations are, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), even if your place of work is “low hazard” – offices, shops etc – then you need at least one person who’s the appointed first aider, whether you’ve got a staff of three or 30. If you have 25 members of staff or more, you need a first aider who’s trained in EFAW (Emergency First Aid at Work).
If you’re in charge of a “higher hazard” workplace – e.g. a warehouse or a food processing plant – and you have five or more staff, you need at least one first-aider trained in EFAW or First Aid at Work (FAW), dependent on the kind of injuries which might occur.
Perhaps you’ve got more questions about your business and its first aid requirements. We understand that. In that case, you’re welcome to get in touch with us or you might find the HSE guidelines on first aid at work helpful – you can download them here.
OK, how do I book? And how expensive is it?
That depends on which of our First Aid in the Workplace courses you go for.
We offer a one-day L3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work, also known as the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF).
This course will give you the basic training required for the position of First Aider in your organisation. It costs just £95 per person and there’s even more information about it here – including how to book on.
For group bookings up to 10 learners at your business location. £499.00
And same course held at our location is £599.00
We also offer another, more in-depth, First Aid at Work course – our three-day First Aid at Work course.
This course has been designed especially for companies who need to meet their HSE Health and Safety requirements and costs £185 per person. We do, however, offer large discounts for group bookings and can deliver the course at your premises or at our training rooms in Liverpool.