Online course

First Aid for Adults

Learn first aid techniques to address seven common injuries in adults, including cardiac arrest, choking, bleeding and burns.

Learn first aid techniques to respond to seven causes of injury in adults.

This online course will introduce you to the key first aid actions you should take to effectively manage seven common causes of injury in adults: cardiac arrest, choking, bleeding, burns, strokes, road accidents and basic psychological first aid for an injured person.

You will also learn about the first aid fundamentals of assessing an emergency situation, how to check if a casualty is breathing and the recovery position technique.

To learn more about treating younger people, you can join IFRC’s course First Aid for Babies and Children.

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Learners will gain an understanding of techniques to manage bleeds in an emergency situation involving an adult.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of techniques to manage choking in an emergency situation involving an adult.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of techniques to manage minor burns in an emergency situation involving an adult.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of key cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques in the case of cardiac arrest involving an adult.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of techniques to manage an emergency situation involving an adult experiencing a stroke.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of basic psychological first aid techniques for an emergency situation.
  • Learners will gain an understanding of techniques to manage injuries after a car accident.
  • Learners will be able to identify the key principles of first aid including the recovery position and initial assessment.

Who is the course for?

First Aid for Adults is designed for addressing injuries in people older than 16 years of age. You do not need any prior experience or qualifications to take part.

When you upgrade and complete the course, you will earn a Statement of Participation from FutureLearn. Taking the course will not result in earning a formal first aid qualification, but provides an overview of the skills you will need to demonstrate at a face-to-face course in your area.

To become a certified first aid-er, you will be guided to contact your National Society for more information on the available first aid courses and training in your country.

What software or tools do you need?

None.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Bhanu Pratap

Senior Officer - Care in the Community,
Health and Care Department
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Geneva, Switzerland

Pascal Cassan (MD)

Head of the IFRC Global First Aid Reference Centre

Mark James Johnson

Mark works in the Health and Care Department at the IFRC in Geneva. He is also the coordinator of the IFRC's MOOC project.

Who developed the course?

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, with 190 national societies and 17 million volunteers around the world.

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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course