What You’ll Cover In An Emergency First Aid and CPR Course

First aid skills are something every individual should learn. Having someone on hand to assist at the site of an accident with even basic skills can often mean the difference between life and death, but often there’s a lot of confusion about what exactly you need to learn to be considered first aid qualified.

While courses are updated and changed to keep pace with whatever is considered best practice in first aid, there are a number of foundational skills you’re guaranteed to cover in some form. Whether you’re looking for an emergency first aid at work training course or a basic primer on delivering care around the home and out and about, read on and get a better idea of what you’re in for with this blog from Wilson Medic One.

Situational awareness

Arguably the most important first aid skill is knowing when to administer it. In many cases, intervention by a person who is not a medical professional could do more harm than good, so understanding the extent of what you can accomplish and when you should step in is a crucial step in any emergency first aid course. For example, while it may be tempting to want to move a car crash victim away from the site of the accident, doing so could compound soft tissue or skeletal damage, potentially injuring the victim further.


A vital skill, cardiopulmonary respiration is important enough to warrant its own dedicated classes in many cases, but will always feature on more extensive first aid programs. Even one day emergency first aid courses will dedicate a significant amount of time to practical instruction in CPR, ensuring that you walk out confident and capable of performing this emergency procedure.

Treatment of basic injuries

Any first aid course will also devote some time to identifying, diagnosing and treating a range of basic injuries and conditions. The specific conditions and the treatments recommended may differ depending on whether the course is a general one or has a specific focus, but common areas of study include shock, poisoning and burns, as well as animal and insect bites and allergic reactions. These are the most common afflictions around the home or in the workplace, so understanding how to manage them is essential.

If you’re interested in signing up for an emergency first aid course that equips you to deal with a wide range of medical emergencies, sign up for a Wilson Medic One training program today. 

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