FIRST AID TRAINING

First aid training is one of the essential skills that no outdoor instructor can do without. I have tried many different first aid regimes and for many years now, I have used the Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) scheme which offers a sensible approach to first aid biased towards the needs of those who work in the outdoors.

Chris Hughes Multi Activity Services (CHMAS) is also affiliated to run the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heartstart training courses. These courses are free of charge and will provide you with simple emergency life support skills that could help you save someone you love.

CHMAS are pleased to offer the courses listed below for groups on demand.

To see the Blog Post about these activities click here.

Heartstart CHMAS -Emergency Life Support Training

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) through its Heathstart initiative aims to make Emergency Life Support (ELS) training more accessible and increase the number of people in your community that are able to help save a life. To date over 2.3 million people have received this training so come along and join them.

Heartstart training will give you the simple skills needed in a life threatening emergency that could help you to save the life of someone you love. You will be provided with hands on practical training to deal with:

  • assessing an unconscious patient;
  • performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
  • choking;
  • serious bleeding; and
  • someone that maybe having a heart attack.

If you can do CPR you can buy the time for professional to arrive and it more than doubles the chances of survival for someone who has a cardiac arrest.

CHMAS is affiliated through the BHF to provide Heartstart Training so please contact us to book your course. The courses typically last for three hours, provides very practical hands on learning and are delivered free of charge.

REC Emergency First Aid (One Day)

Covering practical skills needed by those working in the Outdoors, this course provides the confidence and knowledge to deal with essential life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment. The course covers the following topics:

  • Being Safe - best practice including prevention of cross-
    infection;
  • Vital Signs - temperature, colour, pulse, breathing, level of
    consciousness;
  • Incident Handling - a systematic approach to problem solving
    & decision making;
  • Unconsciousness - managing the unconscious casualty to
    ensure a safe airway;
  • CPR & Choking - dealing with the non breathing casualty
    including drowning;
  • Wounds & Bleeding - dealing with external & internal bleeding
    and shock; and
  • Monitoring - Casualty Cards & monitoring plus hand over to
    rescue services.

REC Emergency First Aid (Two Day)

This course covers practical skills needed by those working in Remote, Wilderness and Mountain & Outdoor situations, this course provides the confidence and knowledge to deal with comprehensive life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment. It is recognised by most Outdoor National Governing Bodies Instructor Awards including Canoeing and Kayaking (BCU) and Mountaineering and Rock Climbing (MLTUK). The course will cover:
  • Being Safe - best practice including prevention of cross-
    infection;
  • Vital Signs - temperature, colour, pulse, breathing, level of
    consciousness;
  • Incident Handling - a systematic approach to problem solving
    & decision making;
  • Unconsciousness - managing the unconscious casualty to
    ensure a safe airway;
  • CPR & Choking - dealing with the non breathing casualty
    including drowning;
  • Wounds & Bleeding - dealing with external & internal bleeding
    and shock;
  • Major Injuries - treating head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis,
    leg & arm injuries;
  • Soft Tissue Injuries - to muscles & joints including
    dislocations;
  • Monitoring - Casualty Cards & monitoring plus hand over to
    rescue services;
  • Remote Issues - improvisation techniques when you have
    nothing else available;
  • Cold and Heat - dealing with hypothermia, hyperthermia and
    burns;
  • Medical Emergencies - angina, heart attack, stroke, asthma,
    diabetes, epilepsy, bites, stings and anaphylaxis;
  • First Aid Regulations - some awareness including first aid
    kits.
For these courses, we use external organisations and instructors who are well known to us and are respected within the first aid training arena. Sometimes Chris will assist on the courses as he gains valuable experience to complete his REC Trainer Status.
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