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First Aid: Basic – Canada

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First aid is the immediate care for victims of injuries or sudden illnesses, before professional medical treatment is available. It not only involves the victim's physical condition and emotional state, but the entire emergency situation. This training course will focus on how to use a systematic approach to evaluate an emergency situation and respond to basic first aid situations prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). Note: This training should not be used as the primary basis for any first aid certification. It is intended to provide you with knowledge-based training only. This training should be accompanied by a performance-based component provided by a certified first aid instructor. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements and best practice guidelines. Learner objectives are to describe how to appropriately respond to a medical emergency; state how to examine an accident victim for injuries; and recall basic first aid techniques used to treat injuries including severe bleeding, bleeding shock, fractures and dislocations of bones, and burns. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Pinchin Group of Companies, an environmental health and safety consulting firm with offices across Canada.

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All personnel


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First Aid: Basic – Canada

  • identify precautions that help minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • identify actions to be taken when arriving at the scene of an accident
  • identify first aid techniques to use on a conscious accident victim
  • identify basic first aid techniques to use on an unconscious accident victim
  • identify actions to take during the full body examination of an accident victim
  • identify the primary concerns of the first aid responder to a severe bleeding victim
  • identify basic first aid techniques used to treat severe bleeding
  • identify basic first aid techniques used to treat bleeding shock
  • identify basic first aid techniques used to treat fractures
  • identify ways of immobilizing an extremity
  • classify burns by their severity
  • identify when to seek immediate medical attention for burns
  • identify basic first aid techniques used to treat burns
  • identify appropriate ways to treat burns that may be the result of radiation
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