Getting Consent is Required Prior to Providing CPR/First Aid

Winnipeg First Aid offers CPR courses at competitive prices which provide the training for individuals to react properly in emergency situations. If you witness such an event, it is required that you ask for consent to help the individual beforeĀ  you help. If the ill or injured party is a child, then you must ask the parent or guardian for consent if they are present. However, if any individual is unconscious then consent is implied.

Depending on the situation, there are a variety of different steps to take. If you are responding to the scene of an accident you will be providing emotional as well as physical support to the injured. While speaking in a calm and reassuring manner, ask the injured person for their name. Communication by using verbal and nonverbal gestures in a calm tone is extremely important. You will want to position yourself at eye level and avoid making physical contact or any threatening body language. While communicating with the individual, it is important to listen carefully and understand what the person is trying to say. Repeat what the person just said in your own words and avoid blaming or using any criticism or anger in your words and actions. It is suggested to use open ended questions and to avoid questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no fashion. For more traumatic events, there are different steps to follow. In the event of an unsuccessful rescue or a serious injury, people and victims can create high levels of stress. Professional help from a counsellor or psychologist may be required as these individuals require additional help for such critical incidents. Those who witnessed an emotional crisis will have varying reactions from different factors. Researchers have found that people who provide emergency services may experience high levels of stress otherwise known as “critical incident stress” and may occur immediately or after the incident.

Winnipeg First Aid provides CPR courses for a wide variety of professions whether it be health care workers, lifeguards, babysitters, firefighters as well as those who require professional training.