Student First Aid is designed to teach first aid to secondary school students throughout the UK while overcoming the time and cost obstacles with which schools are often faced.
This is done by replacing the conventional classroom-based first aid course with a video-based e-learning course. This makes the programme free to the school and more flexible to implement. Students can learn first aid from home or from a computer lab, allowing them to learn at their own pace and also teaching them valuable computer skills.
Each school then has the option to add a hands-on component, in which the student’s cognitive knowledge is evaluated on a manikin by a trained skill evaluator.
Teachers are provided an online dashboard to monitor the students’ progress. They can also view completion and test scores and even order cards all from a single online dashboard.
Training of skill evaluators, training on the system, and follow-up service are all included so that implementation is fast and easy. We may also be able to send in one of our national instructors to your school at no cost. This programme is completely free. The only possible expense results from the addition of the hands-on component. More details are available in the Blended Course Implementation section.
The UK Resuscitation Council, ERC and many charities are campaigning to have first aid taught in schools. Most schools have reacted the same way: “Great idea, but who’s going to pay for it?”
We agree that these organisations are on to something. Interviews with emergency medical professionals indicate that children are sometimes the most proactive and effective lay first aiders. In a recent news article, 9-year-old Tristan saved his sister’s life after she fell into a pool and was pulled out not breathing. He snapped into action and revived her using CPR he learned from a movie on television. By offering a free first aid programme for schools, ProTrainings have made this goal a reality.
Secondary school students are prime candidates for performing CPR because they still have the general boldness of young children while being strong enough to perform compressions. Studies have shown that 83% of secondary-schoolers are very willing to provide bystander CPR. 86% of these students support mandatory CPR training in secondary school.