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The definition of First aid is ”the initial care provided for an acute illness or injury”. The goals of first aid include preserving life, alleviating suffering, preventing further illness or injury and promoting recovery. First aid can be initiated by anyone in any situation, including self-care. General characteristics of the provision of first aid, at any level of training include:

  • Recognising, assessing and prioritising the need for first aid
  • Providing care using appropriate competencies and recognising limitations
  • Seeking additional care when needed, such as activating the emergency medical services (EMS) system or other medical assistance.

Key Principles include:

  • First aid should be medically sound and based on the best available scientific evidence
  • First aid education should be universal: everyone should learn first aid
  • Helping behaviours should be promoted: everyone should act
  • The scope of first aid and helping behaviours varies and may be influenced by environmental, resource, training and regulatory factors

The above statement is the mantra of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) of which the United Kingdom Resuscitation Council is a member. The ERC published new guidelines for first aid in March 2021, with very minor changes to the 2015 guidelines taught. Therefore students returning to requalify will find only minor changes to their previous taught skills in the past three-years. While those new to first aid teaching, will be taught the same also.

Remote First Aid & Pre-Hospital Training provide first aid & pre-hospital training, that meets these standards and definitions. This allows for us to develop such helping behaviours across our communities and networks at all student levels we work with.

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