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first aid course with CPR and AED in Medicine Hat

Canadian Red Cross: First Aid Training

First aid is basic medical care given in good faith to a sick or injured person to maintain life and prevent further injury until professional medical care becomes available and takes over. There are a number of types of courses you may take.

Why First Aid Certification Matters

In Alberta, workers must provide proof of training with a valid workplace first aid certificate, when asked to do so by prime contractors, employers or occupational health and safety officers. Workplace first aid training certifications are valid for up to 3 years. 

 

Course Requirements

To participate in the first aid course, all students must be able to demonstrate all skills and pass a closed-book, multiple-choice knowledge exam to be awarded a certificate. The skills will require participants to be able to perform skills on the floor and also demonstrate effective compressions...it is important that people with health concerns talk with the training provider in advance of the course to see if any accommodations can be made.

Training Equipment

Ventilating Manikins and Barrier Devices 

At Safety Connections, we use manikins with disposable lungs, and each person will use a pocket mask with a disposable one-way valve. These are requirements of all first aid courses offered in Alberta...helping to increase safety during training.

AEDs and Other Equipment

The AEDs in the classroom are trainers, as are the epinephrine auto injectors and asthma inhalers. At no time is live medication present as part of the training sessions. Other equipment such as triangular bandages, tourniquets, splints, and blankets are provided as needed through the course.

Course Options

Basic (formerly Emergency) First Aid - One Day

The Basic one-day course offers lifesaving first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the workplace or home. The course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.

The Basic course covers techniques for those who need training for work requirements, or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies in the workplace or home. The course covers a variety of topics from basic such as cardiovascular and breathing emergencies, CPR Level C, and prevention of disease transmission as well as some information on wound care. The course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.

Course Content

  • Preparing to Respond

  • The EMS System

  • Check, Call, Care

  • Airway Emergencies

  • Breathing & Circulation Emergencies

  • First Aid for Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest

  • Wound Care

CERTIFICATION

  • Written Exam

  • 3-year certification in Basic First Aid & CPR

  • Includes AED (Automated External Defibrillation) certification

Intermediate (formerly Standard) First Aid - Two Day Course 

The Intermediate course covers techniques for those who need training for work requirements, or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies in the workplace or home. The course covers a variety of topics from basic such as cardiovascular and breathing emergencies, CPR Level C, and prevention of disease transmission to in-depth topics, such as sudden medical conditions and injuries to the head and spine. The course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.

Course Content

  • Preparing to Respond

  • The EMS System

  • Check, Call, Care

  • Airway Emergencies

  • Breathing & Circulation Emergencies

  • First Aid for Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest

  • Wound Care

  • Head & Spine Injuries

  • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries

  • Sudden Medical Emergencies

  • Environmental Emergencies

  • Poisons

CERTIFICATION

  • Written Exam

  • 3-year certification in Intermediate First Aid & CPR Level C

  • Includes AED (Automated External Defibrillation) certification

First Aid Recertification - One Day Course 

If your certificate has not expired, you may take a one-day recertification course. You will be updated on new protocols, perform required skills sessions, and complete a written exam. You are responsible for reading the 2023 Regional Update Package prior to attending your recertification class.

You MUST present a valid certificate to the instructor on the day of the recertification course.

CERTIFICATION

  • Written Exam

  • 3-year certification at the same level of
    First Aid & CPR held prior to the course

  • Includes AED (Automated External Defibrillation) certification

Blended First Aid - One Section Online and One Day In Person 

Save in-class training time with the Blended Delivery Option. This option allows you to complete the theory portion of the course at home and online; then, you come in for a one-day session for review of the material, and to complete the knowledge exam and skills testing. The online portion must be completed in advance and the certificate of completion shown at the time of the in-class session. You are responsible for reading the 2023 Regional Update Package prior to attending your recertification class. 

 

CERTIFICATION

  • Written Exam

  • 3-year certification in Intermediate First Aid & CPR Level C

  • Includes AED (Automated External Defibrillation) certification

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