You Could SAVE A LIFE if you Remember your First-Aid…
Some day you might need first-aid to save a life!
Elementary First-Aid (EFA) is one of the most important modules which forms part of the STCW basic safety training for seafarers.
Wherever you find yourself in the world, whether it be on land or at sea, if presented with the situation of needing to assist a casualty, your first-aid training will be the most important skill you possess in order to make the essential difference in an emergency. We will teach you how to deal with medical emergencies in a practical and efficient manner. You will acquire the skills neccessary to keep the patient alive until professional help arrives.
By learning how to apply the basic techniques, you will have the confidence to react quickly and be able to provide the vital care that may be required in order to make the difference between a life and death situation.
Every seaman should be trained to deal with a first aid emergency and be able to administer the following:
- Perform the Heimlich maneuver to prevent someone choking to death
- Provide artificial respiration by mouth to mouth/nose
- Place casualty in the recovery position
- Stop and control severe bleeding
- Administer CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)
CPR is a technique of basic life support for the purpose of oxygenating the brain and heart until appropriate definitive medical treatment can restore normal heart and ventilator action.
You will become familiar with recognizing and knowing how to deal with the majority of medical conditions and such as shock, epilepsy, asthma, poisons, strokes and heart attack casualties.
First-Aid training is essential to have when working at sea, where professional medical assistance is not always available. It is, however, quite easy to forget if not practiced or refreshed every few years. Should you feel you need to update your first-aid training, then please feel free to contact us to find out about our next course. Remember in the event of an emergency, your reaction time and your knowledge could save somebody’s life.
Your First-Aid kit should be stocked with the following equipment:
- Assorted sized adhesive bandages
- Absorbent non-stick compress dressings
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Sterile gauze pads
- Disinfectant (Betadine or similar)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Sterile eye pads
- Triangular bandages & safety pins
- Topical anti-histamines
- Latex-free disposable gloves
- A leaflet giving guidance and instructions on First Aid