First aid is an invaluable skill to know and have. You never know when an unexpected emergency will occur and if you know first aid, you may mean the difference between someone living or dying.
First Aid and CPR are two separate certifications and each has their own levels. Most people take these certifications as a combined course. Being certified means you have the skills as a first responder to perform basic care for injuries and CPR until medical professionals arrive. Depending on the certification, these skills must be upgraded every 1-3 years in order to stay current.
For example, The Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR expires after 3 years. Why do these certifications expire? The fact is, the techniques behind how we perform First Aid and CPR constantly change. Based on growing medical knowledge and data, new procedures and regulations are introduced all the time.
Today, having a first aid certificate means having to know much more that CPR. This is because certain scenarios of health needs, and even different age groups of people you may need to help, vary in skill and knowledge level. For example, you have to administer CPR differently to an infant or toddler who is choking than you would an adult or elderly person who may be suffering a heart attack.
CPR certificates have four levels: CPR A, B, C, and HCP (health care provider), and First Aid training means you will learn a lot of valuable information including how to deal with and respond to a choking situation, basic injuries and illnesses until the patient can be taken to a hospital. AED training is also provided during most standard First Aid and CPR courses. AED devices are found around schools, in hockey rinks and in many job locations. These devices allow you to shock a patient should their heart stop.
Today, first aid courses also teach safety awareness and how to prevent injuries, as well as the standard CPR training.