• University of Glasgow

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.

54,262 enrolled on this course

Basic First Aid: How to Be an Everyday Hero

Learn first aid - you could save someone’s life

Thousands of lives a year could be saved if more of us knew basic first aid. This 2-week course is a basic guide to first aid.

You will learn how to recognise and manage emergencies and build a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to build on. Whether it’s how to help someone who’s choking, helping someone who has passed out, or helping someone with a severe cut, this course will give you the confidence to deal with basic first aid problems.

This course will hopefully provide you with a solid foundation of basic first aid skills and knowledge but it is by no means a substitute for official First Aid training.

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?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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.

While the Educators themselves aren’t available to facilitate this run, we encourage you to engage with other learners and there are opportunities to do this throughout the course.

Who will you learn with?

My PhD was in Developmental Medicine and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow. I have also been a Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

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.

  • Established

    1451
  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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Available until 22 November 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

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