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19 July 2010

First Aid

A couple of weeks back we went on a day-long Emergency First Aid course with the British Red Cross in Hammersmith. The idea was to make ourselves feel more confident that we could do something if an accident happens somewhere out in the wilds. Looking back, I guess our confidence levels are indeed a bit higher now, although we also have dozens of new options for anxiety daydreams about all the different accidents that could occur!

The course was taught very well, in particular the First Aid advice and techniques were supported with explanations of why it’s done that way. It’s far more effective (in my book) to learn something from an understanding of the principle, rather than just by rote.

I’d recommend this day course as a good grounding – it’s daft to pack a First Aid Kit for travelling without knowing how to use it. Will the knowledge prove useful? I hope not. But will let you know if it does.

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