First Responders Save Lives!
So why is it so important to provide good quality Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as soon as a person is identified as not being responsive and not breathing?
Quality CPR keeps blood flowing to the brain. The brain requires Oxygen, Glucose and nutrient in order to function and these are delivered by the blood flow, so effectively, the better the blood flow the better the oxygenation, and the longer the brain will survive.
Quality CPR is achieved through the combination of a series of specific skills, as with any skill set, good and solid technique plays a critical role. This increases the victim’s chances of survival and reduces the effects and recovery time of the patient.
CPR courses train you to become a First Aider and build confidence in your ability to react appropriately and give the patient a chance of survival.
Where do First Responders fit in?
First Responders are normally the first to have access to the casualty and provides immediate care until the paramedics take over.
Paramedics stabilise the casualty and perform Advanced Life Support until the casualty is handed over to the Doctors and Nurses in the hospital.
Doctors and nurses will provide care to the casualty until he/she is ready to be discharged from hospital.
Once discharged, some casualty’s may require further care or rehabilitation, generally managed by allied practitioners, such as speech /occupational therapists, physiotherapists/biokineticists.
First Aid and CPR training is necessary, and should become an obligatory proficiency in all spaces where people gather, be it work, home or social (including the school, church and definitely sporting events including gyms).
As a registered and accredited training center, we offer Resuscitation Council of South Africa (RESUS), American Heart Association (AHA)and Department of Labour courses.
Our nationwide training caters to;
- sport coaches
- educators and child minders
- Healthcare Professionals
Regarding Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Continued Educational Units (CEU) points are available on the Resus and the American Heart Association (AHA)courses.
Discovery Vitality members receive 2 500 Vitality points, per annum, whilst the course remains valid (2-3 years depending on the course).
- First Responder: is someone that helps in an emergency.
- First Aider: is someone that helps in an emergency and has a valid First Aid certificate.
- Casualty: is the person that is suddenly ill or injured, also referred to as a Patient or Victim.
- Bystander: everyone else that is not a Casualty or First Aider.
- Emergency Services: consist of the Fire Department, Paramedics and Ambulance Department, Police, Traffic and any other agency that may be needed.
- Paramedic: A Paramedic is a trained professional that renders Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Life Support until the Casualty reaches the hospital
- RCSA – Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa www.resus.co.za
- AHA – American Heart Association www.heart.org