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Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero

Get an introduction to basic first aid, including how to help someone who is choking, with this first aid course.

Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero

Learn first aid - you could save someone’s life

This 2 week course is a basic guide to first aid. You’ll learn how to recognise and manage emergencies, and get a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to build on. Whether it’s how to help someone who’s choking, or help someone who has passed out, or help someone with a severe cut - this course will give you the basics. Thousands more lives a year could be saved if more of us knew first aid - get started learning today.

What topics will you cover?

  • Explain why first aid is a vital skill and know when to apply it
  • Describe how to recognise and manage the non-breathing unconscious patient
  • Describe how to recognise and manage the breathing unconscious patient
  • Describe how to manage an acute bleed
  • Summarise how to help someone who is choking
  • Discuss how to build on first aid skills

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain why first aid is a vital skill and know when to apply it
  • Describe how to recognize and manage the breathing unconscious patient
  • Describe how to recognize and manage the non-breathing unconscious patient
  • Summarise how to help someone who is choking
  • Describe how to manage an acute bleed
  • Discuss how to build on first aid knowledge through other resources

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning first aid, you don’t need any medical experience.

Who will you learn with?

Leah Marks

BSc (Hon) Medical Biochemistry (2000)
PhD Developmental Medicine (2004)
Senior Lecturer in Medical Genetics (2005- current)

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Who developed the course?

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

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