First Aid Courses

December 31, 2013 in First Aid

“Follow a first aid course?!!! Seriously, what for?”

“I have better things to do than waste my time and energy on a first aid course!”

 

If this is your reaction to the thought of attending a First Aid course, then take a look at the following scenarios.  Do you know what to do if….

– while watching a movie and laughing over some crunchy popcorn, someone suddenly starts to choke…turns blue…and loses consciousness?

– your parent is having a heart attack in front of you?

– a child falls and is bleeding heavily?

 

Do you know how to handle such situations?

Do you want to feel like you can help if such things should happen?

Do you think you can ever forgive yourself if you couldn’t help simply because you passed up the opportunity to take a First Aid course?

 

Do you still think it may be a waste of time?

 

Don’t be a victim of regret. Act now before it’s too late! Accidents are never planned and it’s up to you to be prepared for any emergency.  Contact the EFRU on www.efru.org and follow a basic First Aid course today!

Our courses are spread over 10 lectures of 2 hours each, including a workshop as well as a final practical and theoretical exam.

 

What is special about the EFRU course?

Very simple.  Apart from being recognised by the Malta Association of Surgeons, our course is designed with the aim that everyone certified by the EFRU will not only get a certificate, but also the confidence to deal with real life incidents.  The scope of the First Aid workshop is to discuss and simulate several scenarios, with each participant being provided with the opportunity to treat a “casualty”.  The idea is to assist candidates in translating the theoretical element into practice since, after all, practice makes perfect.  At the EFRU, we believe that the best lessons come from experience and hands-on practice.

 

Will I get the opportunity to try out some of the skills?

Of course! Each group is kept small so that all participants will be able to practice the skills they learnt during the lectures and receive individual attention during the practice sessions.

Recent course participant: Lourdes

This was Lourdes’ first experience in following a first aid course.  However, she didn’t just want a certificate; she was after hands-on practical knowledge.  Being a cyclist, she always wanted to follow such a course so as to be of help to her friends should the need arise. A little push from her nephew was all she needed to actually attend, and complete a first aid course. When asked about how prepared she feels in case she comes across an accident, she claimed that, after following the course, she feels that she can actually make a difference and provide help to a casualty.  As Lourdes put it, “it’s not as impossible as one may think once you know the basics”.

When asked about the course content and its delivery, Lourdes stated that the content was interesting and that it was also easy to follow, given that the instructors simplified it; understanding that the people in front of them were new to the course content.  The instructors ensured that what they were saying actually got across by asking random questions and regularly asking for feedback, as well as inquiring about any difficulties. They also catered for an audience with different abilities and skills. Furthermore, the instructors shared their personal experiences, which made the course more appealing and the participants were able to relate the course content with real scenarios.

As for the exam which was divided into two parts – practice and theory – Lourdes said that, while it was not easy, it was not very difficult either.

“The exam was aimed at testing my knowledge and preparing me for real life accidents.”

Being a cycling enthusiast, Lourdes expressed the wish to participate in the EFRU’s next cycling tour.

 

Sylvana Cremona
EFRU Volunteer