At First Aid Accident and Emergency we hear a lot of different excuses why people never get around to updating their first aid skills. After over a decade in the industry, we’ve compiled our own Top 5 of some of the reasons people have hesitated in doing a first aid course or a first aid refresher course.
Top 5 excuses why people don’t learn first aid
5. “I don’t have the time to do a First Aid course.”
4. “I heard first aid courses are really expensive.”
3. “I don’t do anything dangerous so I’ll never need it.”
2. “I did a First Aid course years ago. Nothing would’ve changed since then.”
1. “If something happens I’ll just call an ambulance.”
All of these excuses seem justified at the time but there is actually no valid reason to justify not being able to know how to save a life. We thought we would take a look at each one of these excuses and dispel some of the myths surrounding first aid courses.
I don’t have the time to do a First Aid course: First Aid Accident and Emergency has an extensive timetable designed to cater to individual bookings, group bookings, trades people, parents, childcare and medical professionals, corporate workers – anyone who wants to learn First Aid we have a course and a time to suit. We also offer the added flexibility of conducting off-site training so the first aid course can be facilitated in a designated workplace or venue.
I heard first aid courses are really expensive: At First Aid Accident and Emergency we offer a large range of First Aid courses depending on how extensive you want your training to be. Starting from the basic first aid course all the way through to Advanced Resuscitation training, there is a course and a budget to suit every situation.
I don’t do anything dangerous so I’ll never need it: Accidents happen anywhere, anytime to anyone which is why they are called accidents. Most accidents or medical emergencies occur when people are conducting their day-to-day activities; driving a car, riding to work, camping, cleaning the house, swimming in the backyard pool or even participating in a first aid course as happened in our facility! You don’t have to be into extreme sports or work in a high risk industry for unfortunate things to happen and when they do, it’s worth being prepared.
I did a First Aid course years ago. Nothing would’ve changed since then: Actually, a lot of things probably have changed since then. Our first aid trainers are always attending regular training to up-skill on more effective first aid techniques, new equipment and information on medical conditions. And just like any training, the longer you leave it in between sessions the less you will remember. At First Aid Accident and Emergency we offer regular first aid refresher courses tailored to all levels of experience.
If something happens I’ll just call an ambulance: Think about it, if you’re calling an ambulance, it’s going to be for something pretty serious. Those first few minutes after an accident or medical incident are the most crucial time for the victim to receive medical attention. Having first aid skills can give you the confidence to attend and help stabilize the victim until the paramedics arrive and could potentially even save their life.