Courses Catalogue

First Aid

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

First Aid consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that students can be trained to perform with minimal equipment. It provides sufficient coverage of all critical situations resulting from accidental or sudden illnesses of patients which require primarily first aid, instead of complex medical assistance to save the life of a victim. The course describes in detail how to provide first aid to these and related situations.

course Justification/Rationale
As lifestyles of people are becoming more complex and changing rapidly affecting various aspects of their living environment, it is imperative that every clinician able to render first aid to the injured/hurt. Like any other health worker, clinical officers will often interface with victims of accidents/injuries during or after their training when standard medical care cannot be immediately available. In such circumstances first aid for the victims becomes crucial. This course introduces them to the basic principles, knowledge and practice experiences of the provision of initial care for an illness or injury, until definitive medical treatment can be accessed.

Course aim
The aim of this is to enable the learner offer appropriate care to casualties and emergencies.

Course Learning objectives
After this course, students should be able to:
a)      Define First Aid
b)      Describe the principles and practices of first Aid.
c)      Describe  common medical emergencies  
d)     Discuss Aims first Aid
e)      Describe  the ethical  approaches  to patient management of first Aid
f)       Describe the materials and equipment used in first Aid
g)      Describe methods of resuscitation
h)      Discuss methods of appropriate transportation of causalities
i)        Demonstration ability to give first Aid in various emergencies