The benefits of first aid training in aged care
First aid training is an essential skill when every second counts. Providing yourself, or your team the skills to act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation, creates confidence.
While it’s not mandatory for aged care workers to possess their first aid qualification, you or your staff’s first aid skills could make all the difference.
It’s true that nursing staff are equipped with the latest first aid skills in the aged care setting, but personal care workers are with the elderly in care day-to-day, so if anything does happen, such as a choking, fall or any other incident, care workers can manage the situation on the spot and potentially save a life!
Equipping yourself or your personal care workers with this skill could stand you apart. Learning a new skill is also empowering and provides an extra sense of meaning to the role.
It’s one thing to know first aid techniques, but it’s another to have the confidence to apply them when the time comes. Regular training ensures a firm foundation of confidence to act quickly and effectively when faced with a potentially stressful medical situation.
Be on top of first aid
First aid is a skill set that requires regular updating as new research comes to light and the recommended first aid techniques change.
To maintain competency first aid certification needs to be refreshed every three year. When performing first aid, the smallest things can make a big difference, so it’s vital that you have the most up to date skills and knowledge available.
Thankfully first aid skills don’t generally need to be put into action on a daily basis, but this can mean that some techniques or information can begin to fade. Yet another reason why regularly updating first aid training is a wise move.
At Royal College of Healthcare, we can help stay on top of your first aid training. We are also specialists in first aid group training and we want to ensure that keeping all care workers’ qualifications up to date is simple and aligned to your needs.
We have nationally recognised first aid HLTAID003 Provide first aid which is delivered to by qualified trainers. Plus, our group training comes to you so you can get it done onsite with minimal disruption.