Fears of First Aid

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Addressing Common Fears in First Aid Training

People attending first aid training often express initial reluctance due to various fears and concerns. Addressing these fears and demonstrating how they can be easily managed makes the training more enjoyable and understandable.

Fear of Infection

Some participants worry about coming into contact with blood, vomit, or other bodily fluids. First aid training teaches the effective use of barriers such as gloves and face shields to protect first aiders from infections like HIV or Hepatitis.

Fear of Doing Harm

The fear of doing something wrong or hurting the patient is common, especially when delivering chest compressions during CPR. It is important to remember that a non-breathing patient with no heartbeat is already in a critical state, and CPR can only help. The most harm would come from not performing chest compressions at all. Your training will help you respond appropriately to various situations.

Fear of Litigation

Concerns about potential litigation can be addressed through proper training. If you always ask for permission to help, follow the rules and workplace policies, and act within the boundaries of your training, the likelihood of being sued is low.

Fear for Personal Safety

First aiders should prioritize their own safety to avoid becoming patients themselves. Training emphasises the importance of always stopping, thinking, and then acting before approaching any emergency situation. This includes using scene safety measures to ensure your well-being.

By addressing these fears in first aid training, participants can gain confidence and be better prepared to handle emergencies effectively and safely.