Over the weekend, it will have been hard to miss the Euro 2020 incident where Christian Eriksen collapsed having a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Denmark’s match against Finland. I’ve watched the footage back, and think it is really important to shout out the fantastic leadership and first aid knowledge of the Captain, Simon Kjaer. (Before reading on, if you would like to learn more about the incident you can read this BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57458630
As the horrendous situation unfolded, Kjaer gave immediate First Aid; he opened his airway, started CPR when he stopped breathing, ensured trained medics were called over, had his team mates surround the situation to cover Christian’s dignity and consoled his girlfriend on the sideline, along with no doubt many other actions which I am not privy to.
Whilst these situations are fairly rare, and indeed I hope none of you ever have to deal with something like this, learning basic First Aid is pivotal to give you the skills and confidence to feel you would be able to help someone in a situation just like this.
Unfortunately, as we all know, Covid has stopped many of us working in offices/buildings with other people and has also stopped us being able to take part in first aid training courses in person. Initially all First Aid courses were suspended and the HSE extended qualification expiry dates to cover schools and businesses. However, this has now ended and in person courses are starting to run again, with social distancing incorporated and additional hygiene processes in place.
In my opinion, this is so important. Learning first aid should be hands on, it should be interactive, it should be collaboratory as this is how you best learn these types of skills and remember them. This is why I am excited to get back teaching in person courses to both families (short courses) and businesses or individuals wanting qualifications.
On a First Aid course such as the Emergency First Aid at Work one day course, you learn exactly what Simon Kjaer did; how to assess a situation, open an airway, check for normal breathing, get trained professional help to you, start CPR if needed, use bystanders to support you as needed, think about your communication style, support onlookers as required, and much more.
Because that the hands on practical work is so important, I spend lots of time with everyone, not only learning the skills and techniques needed to support someone but also roleplaying your own work specific situations so you can think about the challenges you may come up against or pre-empt the things you may need to think about if this type of situation unfolded.
I know there is still a lot of hesitancy by many about taking part in in-person courses like first aid, however, as situations like this weekend have shown, having a steady head and underlying confidence in our skills and knowledge can really save a life. If a first aid course is something you or your team have been meaning to do or is now top of your list having seen the events this weekend, please take a look at my website www.anderssonfirstaidtraining.co.uk/first-aid-courses or get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to discuss options with you.