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Who sets the standards in first aid training?

You’ve probably never heard of the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC). But you might like their motto “Any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt at all!”. We certainly do!

The ARC is the national body that effectively sets the standards for everyone involved in the practice of resuscitation which is an integral part of first aid training. It works to co-ordinate all the major groups in the field and has serious medical backing – it’s sponsored by both the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics.

The main activity of the ARC is to produce Guidelines based on all available scientific and published material relating to resuscitation. These Guidelines foster uniformity and simplicity in both resuscitation techniques and terminology.

At Results First Aid training, we train to the ARC’s Guidelines because we believe they represent the highest standards for our industry and the best results for our students.

The other thing we really like about the ARC is their motto, because we too, believe that any attempt at trying to help someone with resuscitation is always better than no attempt at all.

While we think it would be wonderful if every single Australian was fully and properly trained in CPR and First Aid, the reality is that is probably never going to happen. But what we like is the attitude that trying to help someone is always better than not trying to help them at all. If someone is injured or suffers a serious medical episode then something can always be done about it.

At Results First Aid we like the idea that people should be encouraged to try to help people especially with resuscitation like CPR. Even if you are not formally trained, you’ve probably seen videos that give you the basic concept of CPR – pumping someone’s chest to keep the blood circulating through their body and oxygen coming into their lungs. Far too many Australians die because bystanders fear doing harm by helping, rather than jumping in and giving it a go. If you do decide to give it a try, remember you’ve got the highest resuscitation standards body in Australia behind you, urging you on. And if it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for you.

Of course, if you’d really like to get properly trained in CPR or First Aid, you should contact us and join one of our public classes. Just book on our home page.


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