Teaching children to call for help, phone an ambulance, apply a simple bandage or fetch an AED. These essential life skills help to save lives or prevent long term damage from a simple injury. Older children may be able to apply CPR, stem more serious bleeding or help with someone who is choking.
EFR have a certificated course that specifically covers the teaching of First Aid & Primary Care (CPD) to children of school age. The European Resuscitation Council recommends that children learn CPR with the optimal age for CPR being 12 years old. The 4 hour course covers Scene assessment, Precautions, Primary Assessment, Rescue breathing, CPR, Serious Bleed management, Spinal injuries, Shock and the recovery position. The certificate from EFR (Emergency First Response) complies with the ILCOR standards and should be renewed every 2 years.
Interesting statistics: 86% of 9-18 year olds can correctly administer CPR after hands-on training. 70% of cardiac arrests occur at home and many of those are in homes where young people live. The British Red Cross estimates that bystander first aid could prevent 59 percent of deaths by injury and in Norway where CPR training is mandatory in schools they have significantly higher survival rates.
The Care for Children course has two parts. Part one deals with Primary Care, (CPR, AED) Serious Bleeding, Shock Management, Spinal Injury & Choking for Infants (under 1 year old) and children (up to 12 years old). The protocols for administering heart related life-threatening conditions are different from those used on adults and require mannequins that use lighter or different pressures. Part two is Secondary Care (First Aid). Here we deal with Injury and Illness assessment, Safeguarding issues, Bandaging and splinting for dislocations and fractures.