Active First Aid


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Active First Aid

For anyone with a sense of adventure

Army, Air or Sea Cadets, GAP Year, CCF, School trips and exotic family adventure holidays

This course is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge to learn how to keep yourself and others safe and to know how to help should an accident happen. The course is ideal for anyone with a sense of adventure as a vital life skill to equip you with the skills to help an adult or child in a medical emergency if help may not be immediately available. The course covers CPR, choking, the recovery position, drowning, burns, bites and stings and much more.

The course consists of illustrated step by step directions, flow charts, diagrams, videos and test yourself sections fully compatible with all computers and mobile devices. You will be able to stop and start as often as you like and print your Certificate on completion. You will have continuous access to the course for 12 months.

It is impossible to cover all eventualities within this course, or to equip you with the knowledge and skills to appropriately diagnose and treat in unpredictable real life situations. If you suspect serious illness or injury, you should always seek immediate professional medical advice.

The Author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the course, however this course is merely a guide and the Author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person, however caused.

The course material has been written by Emma Hammett, Qualified Nurse, First Aid Trainer and founder of First Aid for Life in conjunction with other medical and first aid professionals. If you have any queries concerning this course, please contact [email protected]

Course contents:

Action in an emergency

Keep yourself safe

Priorities of Treatment

Preparing for an emergency

Helpful information

What to put in your First Aid kit

Information to give the Emergency Services

Role of the First Aider

The Primary Survey – How to help in an Emergency





Unresponsive and Breathing

Recovery Position

How to put someone into the Recovery position

Secondary Survey

Unconscious and not breathing


Resuscitation – Child

Hygiene during CPR

Compression only Resuscitation

Heart Attack and Angina

Breathing Problems


How to help a choking adult

How to help a choking child


Step by step – how to help a drowning casualty


What causes asthma

How to help in an asthma attack

Management of Asthma in a child care setting

Panic Attacks and hyperventilation

Anaphylactic Shock

Wounds and bleeding

How to treat a bleeding wound

How to treat a bleeding wound


Embedded objects

How much blood can you afford to lose?

Symptoms of Shock


Treatment of Shock

Internal Bleeding

Amputated parts

Knocked out teeth

Eye injuries

Nose bleeds

Types of Wounds


Bites and Stings

Tick Bites

Bee Stings

Animal bites

Snake bite

Marine Stings


Breaks, Sprains and Dislocations

How do you know if they have broken a bone?

Treatment for soft tissue injuries or possible closed fractures

Types of Fractures

When to call an ambulance




Head Injuries

Head Injuries

What to look for and what to do

Suspected brain injury

Compression and concussion

Skull Fracture

Spinal Injuries

Spinal Injury Basics

Log rolling someone into recovery position

Fitting / Seizures / Convulsions

Extremes of body temperature

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Stroke


Medical conditions


Low blood Sugar / Hypoglycaemia

Sickle Cell Disease

Useful advice

Accident forms

Final Lesson, Quiz and Certificate