Accident is such an occurrence that nobody can predict when, where, upon whom and what would happen. It is indeed wise to be prepared for such happenings before hand rather than to feel sorry after loss. Acquiring first aid knowledge and skills could be a valuable aspect of preparedness for such happenings, because first aid is a life saving skill. In some cases first aid skills could be the only way for saving victim/s life until medical Services is available. In order to learn First Aid knowledge and skill in a systematic way every one should join first aid training.
First Aid has become one of the major component of the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) since its inception. NRCS has developed different First Aid course for its volunteers who are trained for emergency response services. The Basic First Aid Course got recognition from the Health Ministry, Government of Nepal in September 9, 2004. The Society has been providing number of trainings for different organizationand has gained credibility among its recipients because it focuses on learning by doing approach with proper assessment and evaluation systems to ensure their learning. NRCS always more conscious to maintain the established standard of the course.
'First Aid Knowledge and skill can support the civil society to build the resilience of individuals and communities in disaster preparedness and response as well as in their daily lives.'First aid provides an initial response to a health emergency, offering protective and life saving measures until the affected person's condition is stabilized until medical services is available.
First aid has been the important activity of the Nepal Red Cross Society since its inception. Staff and volunteers continue helping individuals and communities to learn first aid and to become more resilient to the effects of injuries and common health priorities. In view of demand of First aid trainings and its importance in the civil society, Nepal Red Cross has developed first aid training packages for all without discrimination on any ground.
First aid Training
This is an improved program of knowledge and skills in procedures and techniques. It has a defined outcome and is provided by qualified trainers.
To provide participants the knowledge and skills needed to render aid on site to sick or injured persons, stabilize their condition and prepare them for transport to advance medical facility.
This is formal recognition of completion of a training program to an agreed standard with a validity period of three years. One should undergo refresher training within the validity period to update knowledge and skill for renewal.
Approach and methodologies
Throughout the training, participatory approach will be applied and methodologies such as group discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, brainstorming, simulation and interactive lecturing will be practiced.
Nepal Red Cross Society has been following the standard first aid course curriculum approved by the Health Ministry. More time has been allotted forpractical sessions than theory so that participant is able to learn and demonstrate the standard skill.
Courses on Offer
7.1. Basic First Aid Training.
7.2. Basic First Aid and CPR Training
- A pre-test will be taken in the beginning to assess the level of knowledge on the subject.
- Practical exercise will be included as an integral component of each session.
- During practical session, the participants will be divided into four groups with one trainer in each groups to guide and assess the performance of participants.
- Certificate will be provided to those obtaining 55% in theory and 75% in practical examinations.
The training is open for all individuals, professionals, volunteers and students.As much possible, homogenous group of participants is expected in regard to educational back ground and age group. The number of participants in the training should be not less than 16 and more than 24.
For smooth conduction of the training a main hall (24 x 16 feet) and three other spaces for practical stations (10 x 10 feet) is required. Generally the organizer will manage the venue but it can be finalized by bilateral discussion.