What makes a good first aider?
Being a First Aider is more than just fulfilling a legal requirement. It’s about learning a skill that could ultimately save someone’s life.
Whilst it can be fantastically rewarding; it isn’t for everyone. When considering who to choose to be a First Aider, it may be worth asking if they have the following attributes:
- Calmness – being calm and in control is important when it comes dealing with first aid incidents. When the First Aider is calm, they are able to observe, listen and understand the requirements of the casualty. This in turn will enable
the casualty to feel more comfortable in their care and gain trust.
- Communicator – don’t rely on just what is seen; a good First Aider listens, talks, reassures, comforts and understands how the Casualty may be feeling and can put them at ease. The Casualty may be young, old, tall or short – its important to be able to deal with all types of people in a comforting and understanding manner.
- Willing and able – having a certificate on the wall is great, but not so great if it’s just for show. A First Aider never knows what situation could arise, so being ready, willing and able is a very important attribute.
- Delegation – Being able to take control and to clearly request a bystander to call for an ambulance, another to fetch the first aid kit, someone to stop traffic, guide pedestrians, hold a bandage in place….
- Knowledge – anyone can give first aid, but those who have completed a First Aid Course and kept their skills up to date, will always make the best First Aiders.
- Confidence – you need someone who can take control of the situation. By using professional casualties (actors) on our Courses, we hope that the experience gained will give the Trainees confidence to deal with the ‘real situation’.
- Location – If the buildings of your Organisation are spread over a large area, you may consider where the First Aiders are located. For instance, it’s not advisable to have all the First Aiders in the Reception area if its takes 5 minutes to get to the other side of the site and 5 minutes back to collect the first aid box.
- Readily Available – do you have First Aiders that are always available and not regularly in meetings, off site with Clients or only work a day a week in the office?