17 Jun Emergency healthcare training and education: What, why and who?
Don’t be anxious. Be ready!
Imagine your office manager suddenly collapsed on the floor. What if a client or customer got injured in your workplace? What if you saw a child hit by a car at school pickup? Could you help? Would you know what to do? Emergency healthcare training and education here at HeartShare could teach you.
People don’t like to imagine bad things happening. We call it worrying, and we try instead to focus on the positive. But worry has a purpose – it alerts us to potential dangers. If we get bogged down in a stew of ‘what if’s, we gain nothing. But if we acknowledge the message our worries are trying to tell us – that sometimes things go wrong – those worries become a catalyst for action. Building the emergency healthcare capabilities of yourself and your team is a proactive way to enhance your emergency preparedness, build confidence, and take those worries off the table.
What is emergency healthcare training?
Emergency healthcare training and education provides the knowledge and skills necessary to cope with sudden health emergencies including respiratory distress, external bleeding, heart attack and stroke. Emergency healthcare training courses might range from basic first aid and CPR, through specialized courses such as Pediatric Emergency management or EKG interpretation, to ‘train the trainer’ instruction courses.
Why should I get emergency first aid or healthcare training?
Don’t rely on the hope that someone else will know what to do in an emergency. Emergency first aid and healthcare training will help you remain calm and confident in stressful and challenging situations. A quick, informed response could be the difference between life and death. In less serious situations, your healthcare training may enable you to alleviate immediate pain and anxiety, and improve longer term health outcomes like recovery time and complication severity.
A 2016 report commissioned by the British Red Cross found that nearly 60 per cent of deaths from injury could have been prevented if first aid had been carried out before the arrival of emergency medical services. Sometimes these interventions are as simple as turning someone on their side to clear their airway, or applying pressure to staunch blood loss. Training and education help provide the confidence to act in a health emergency.
Who should get emergency healthcare training?
If you work in the emergency response or healthcare industries, keeping your training and accreditations up to date is imperative. Other industries in which emergency first aid training is essential are those that cater to children (such as schools or childcare providers) or the elderly (for example, transportation services or seniors groups). Similarly, organizations that facilitate sport or exercise activities (such as sports clubs, gyms, or swimming pools), should have a high proportion of their staff well-trained in emergency healthcare.
High risk industries, such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, should also consider exceeding the baseline emergency healthcare training required by law. Of course your mantra is ‘safety first’, but accidents still happen. Having a team that is trained and ready will build your confidence, and theirs.
Even if you don’t work in high risk industries, having a range of designated trained emergency healthcare responders is valuable to team morale and may even be legally required (the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires businesses to provide first aid and CPR training to employees in the absence of a nearby clinic or hospital).
And what about individual citizens? Emergency first aid training could enable you to save a stranger’s life… or it might be the life of your friend, parent, or child. Now that’s an investment worth making.