The Heart Start programme from the British Heart Foundation concentrates on emergency life-saving techniques. Increasingly every cadet will be taught the HeartStart syllabus as part of their First Class classification training.
This short course (approximately six hours) is normally split over a couple of parade nights or a weekend. The aim of the course is to provide basic training in the following:
- assessing an unconscious patient,
- performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
- dealing with choking,
- serious bleeding,
- helping someone that may be having a heart attack,
- placing someone in the recovery position.
These basic skills are essential for every cadet. By undertaking the HeartStart course you will have the knowledge of how to handle an emergency situation. Cadets who complete this course are awarded the HeartStart certificate. The HeartStart course will give you plenty of hands on practice dealing with bandages and the training doll. This training is not only a great way to ensure you can help in many situations but also a great way to move on and learn more about First Aid training.