First Aid

Emergency First Aid at Work

 CPRMarlin's EFAW course is designed specifically to meet the new requirements of the HSE for Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training. This new qualification is designed as a basic first aid course for staff in many different types of company, however although it meets national standards we still teach this in our own unique way!

We tell you why you do things!

We believe that it is important to understand why you are doing things since if you understand why you will remember what to do! Our students often tell us that this is one of the best things about our course!

Plenty of Resources

During our courses we have a mannikin to student ration of 1 per 2 students so you get plenty of practice. We also give our course participants access to a huge range of equipment that may be relevant to their needs.

Comprehensive Full Colour Course Manual

Every participant is provided with a comprehensive, full colour, 30 page Emergency First Aid at Work manual, which means that you can sit back and learn the important skills rather than writing notes! The manual also provides an excellent resource after the course since it covers everything you were taught. We digitally print manuals in small batches to ensure that they are always up to date. When the NHS and the Stroke Association recently changed the 'T' in the FAST test from Test to Time, our manuals were up to date a day later. Most other books will not be updated until their next major reprint!

Medically Correct Information

Our course follows the latest medical advice and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also have a medical advisor with whom we consult to ensure that our courses provide you with accurate information.

Common problems include advice on plasters and medications. Students often tell us that they have been advised them not to use plasters on children. This is just an urban myth. The HSE have issued clear guidance on this issue.

Be assured that by attending one of our courses you will learn the most up to date information at all times.

 

Time (hours): 
6
Suitable for: 

Any employee of a company with more than 5 employees.

Recognition: 

This course meets the latest (Oct 2013) requirements for EFAW training and is also approved by the First Aid Industry Body

Pre-Requisites: 

 None

Course Contents: 
  •  The role of the first aider, equipment, recording incidents and actions

  • The importance of basic hygiene

  • Act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency

  • Treating unconscious patients and/or those in seizure

  • CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

  • Treating patients who are wounded or bleeding and/or in shock

  • Choking

  • Treating minor injuries

Defibrillation

This course teaches the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in the event that a patient's heart has stopped.

Time (hours): 
4
Suitable for: 

Anyone

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 

The course contents are flexible and designed to meet the group's needs.

It can be taught as an add-on to qualified first aiders or as a longer course with first aid included.

It can also be combined in a course with oxygen administration.

Oxygen Administration

This course covers the use of oxygen therapy as an aid to resuscitation.

Time (hours): 
4
Suitable for: 

Anyone 

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 

The course is flexible and designed to suit your needs.

It can be taught to qualified first aiders as an add-on, or as part of a first aid course.

Defibrillation skills can be also be taught as required.

First Aid at Work

CPRMarlin's three day First Aid at Work Course is designed specifically to meet the new requirements of the HSE for First  Aid at Work training. This new qualification is designed as a comprehensive first aid course for staff in many different types of company, however although it meets national standards we still teach this in our own unique way!

We tell you why you do things!

We believe that it is important to understand why you are doing things since if you understand why you will remember what to do! Our students often tell us that this is one of the best things about our course!

High Quality Learning

We believe in exceeding your expectations. Our instructors are all University trained professional adult teachers- not just first aid instructors trained in a weekend (it's possible!). We only employ highly experienced first aid trainers, the majority of whom are additionally trained to Emergency Medical Technician level.

Our latest multi-media presentation has been created in Apple's Keynote presentation software. We believe that this far exceeds the abilities of Powerpoint and has enabled us to create an visually exciting presentation that integrates video, animations and even music to make learning fun. There's no 'death by Powerpoint' on our courses!

Plenty of Resources

During our courses we have a mannikin to student ration of 1 per 2 students so you get plenty of practice. We also give our course participants access to a huge range of equipment that may be relevant to their needs

Comprehensive Full Colour Course Manual

Every participant is provided with a comprehensive, full colour, 90 page First Aid at Work manual, which means that you can sit back and learn the important skills rather than writing notes! The manual also provides an excellent resource after the course since it covers everything you were taught. We digitally print manuals in small batches to ensure that they are always up to date. When the NHS and the Stroke Association recently changed the 'T' in the FAST test from Test to Time, our manuals were up to date a day later. Most other books will not be updated until their next major reprint!

Medically Correct Information

Our course follows the latest medical advice and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also have a medical advisor with whom we consult to ensure that our courses provide you with accurate information.

Common problems include advice on plasters and medications. Students often tell us that they have been advised them not to use plasters on children. This is just an urban myth. The HSE have issued clear guidance on this issue.

Be assured that by attending one of our courses you will learn the most up to date information at all times.

Requirements for FAW

The requirements for FAW have changed. If you work in a low hazard or office type environment you no longer need this course - no matter how many employees you have. Instead send your staff on the one day EFAW course. However if your staff work in 'high hazard' environments, e.g. forestry, farming, foundries, high hazard factory they EFAW is not suitable and you should undertake this training.

Student Comments

Here is what our students think of our courses!

“I liked the practice and scenarios.”

“A well run course, very user friendly.”

“Excellent tutor.”

“Very well structured course.” 

“The best first aid course I have done.”

“A very worthwhile course – well taught and well structured.”

Time (hours): 
18
Suitable for: 

Staff who work in 'high hazard' environments, e.g. forestry, farming, foundries, high hazard factories.

Recognition: 

This course meets the latest (Oct 2013) requirements for FAW training and is also approved and by the First Aid Industry Body

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 

 The role of the first aider, equipment, recording incidents and actions

  • The importance of basic hygiene

  • Act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency

  • Treating unconscious patients 

  • CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

  • Treating patients who are wounded or bleeding and/or in shock

  • Choking

  • Treating minor injuries

  • Treating major injuries

  • Treating illness (stroke, heart attack, epilepsy, diabetes, etc)

  • Accident reporting and RIDDOR

  • Other appropriate subjects for the group

 

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Expedition Medical Skills & Advanced First Aid

Advanced montageOur Outdoor or Fieldwork First Aid courses perfectly prepare you for travelling into outdoor environments where medical backup is readily available e.g. mountain rescue teams. However when travelling abroad, either as part of an expedition or for fieldwork medical backup may be rudimentary or even non-existant.

This course develops your skills to a point where you can help a patient with severe injuries or illnesses on expedition. During the course you will learn advanced trauma care and many medical skills such as suturing (sewing wounds up) and analgaesia (giving pain relief injections). You will also learn how to give oxygen and use defibrillators. Often on expedition it is minor problems such as an infected wound that can quickly escalate and require evacuation. We teach you about the many illnesses associated with foreign travel. You will also learn about antibiotics and how to use them, so enabling you to recognise and treat wound infections - thus preventing minor wounds becoming serious. Due to the nature of this one of the tutors is a GP and Medivac doctor. Following successful completion of the course you can also gain access to a range of medications for foreign travel.

Advanced Skills to keep people alive

When help is delayed you often need more advanced skills than taught on basic first aid courses - the skills a paramedic or doctor might use when they arrive. This is particularly relevant when on expedition. On our Outdoor or Fieldwork courses you learn to close would with 'wound closures' (butterfly stitches). However these often do not hold if a wound is large or bleeding profusely. We will teach you how to suture it correctly - a true medical skill. 

Why is it only 2 days long!

You need to have underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology to treat serious problems. This is normally taught by lectures during the course, making similar courses up to 5 days long. Instead we teach this by pre-course online learning. This enables us to make our course much shorter and far more practical since we can teach  hands-on skills rather than anatomy!

Online Learning/Marking

Prior to the course you receive our full colour 200 page anatomy and physiology manual. You self study this before the course and complete questions on our Online Learning Environment. This gives you instant marking and feedback. 

After the course you will be required to complete an online assessment. This focuses on key areas from the course, particularly illnesses and the use of medications. This ensures that we know you will be safe using medications.

Plenty of Practice

During our courses we like to give you plenty of hands-on practice, so you will get to do all the key skills of the course yourself, from inserting airways to giving oxygen to suturing chicken legs and even giving injections. We believe that you need plenty of practice to gain the confidence to know what you are doing on expedition!

Comprehensive Full Colour Course Manual

Every participant is provided with a comprehensive full colour 220 page Expedition Medicine & First aid manual, which means that you can sit back and learn the important skills rather than writing notes! The manual also provides an excellent resource after the course since it covers everything you were taught. It also contains  drug protocols and patient record sheets that can be used on expedition to remind you what to do and to record patient details and treatments given.

Medically Correct Information

We are often astonished when students tell us what they have been told to do on other courses! Our course follows the latest medical advice and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also have a medical advisor with whom we consult to ensure that our courses provide you with accurate information.

Typical examples of problem from other courses are the advice on plasters and medications. Students often tell us that previous courses have advised them not to use plasters on children. This is just an urban myth. The HSE have also issued clear guidance on this issue. Most courses also advise a first aider never to issue medications e.g. paracetamol. Again there is clear guidance from the HSE on this issue stating that it is "perfectly ok to give basic medications". This advice can be extended to carry a basic medications kit which of course can be invaluable if you are miles from the nearest pharmacy! If you would like further information on these issues please contact us. However be assured that by attending one one of our courses you will learn the most up to date information at all times.

Time (hours): 
16
Suitable for: 

Expeditions abroad, in remote locations.

Recognition: 

 Follows the latest medical and Mountain Rescue Council guidelines. 

Recognised by:

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
  • BMC/MLTB
Pre-Requisites: 

Marlin's Outdoor First Aid or Fieldwork First Aid

Course Contents: 

The course is extremely comprehensive and also flexible to meet the needs of a group .

If your group are off to Africa we will cover the endemic problems where you are travelling to. If you are planning a trip to altitude we will cover altitude sickness, hypothermia and their medical treatment.

Typical course contents include:

  • Introduction
  • The dangers of foreign travel. Infection risks.
  • Scene assessment, communication & delegation. Medivac procedures.
  • Safety & hygiene, communicable diseases and foreign travel (eg. HIV)
  • Primary survey-trauma/non-trauma (recovery postn./imobilisation)
  • The “chain of survival” - relevance & application of CPR on foreign expeditions
  • Airways. How to insert oropharyngeal airways to keep airways open for long periods of time.
  • CPR and resuscitation. Integration of O2 and defibrillators.
  • Oxygen administration in resuscitation
  • Defibrillation. Training and usage in hostile environments
  • Oxygen administration for the conscious patient (injuries and illnesses)
  • Advanced Trauma Care. Serious injuries. e.g. difficult fractures, dislocations (and their relocation), pneumothorax, pelvic injuries, spinal injuries.
  • Advanced Wound Care. Handling large and difficult wounds. Wound infection recognition and treatment. Suturing wounds.
  • Dangerous animals on expedition. Perceived and real risks.
  • Remote medical emergencies. Illnesses on expedition. Application ofcommon mdical problems e.g. heart attack, asthma or stroke on expedition. Specific travel illnesses e.g. malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, etc.
  • Gastroenteritis and foreign travel. The biggest reason for expedition failure. Recognition, treatments, use of medications - antispasmodics and antibiotics.
  • Use of medications to treat illnesses. How medications work. Simple protocols for using antibiotics.
  • Analgesia (pain relief). Types of pain relief drugs and how they work. Giving pain relief intra-muscular injections.
  • Reporting of accidents on expedition. Medical repatriation procedures and insurance issues.
 

Fieldwork First Aid

Improvised carryMarlin's Fieldwork First Aid course is designed specifically to meet the needs of those undertaking fieldwork in remote areas, since the outdoor environment presents unique problems, both for fieldwork planning and first aid. An ambulance could be hours away, so we give you the advanced skills and confidence you need to care for an injured or ill colleague until external help arrives. Marlin’s fieldwork course is designed to go beyond basic first aid and give staff undertaking fieldwork the key basic & advanced first aid skills they need in the outdoors. More importantly it will also give them the confidence to use those skills effectively in a fieldwork scenario. In addition, it is pitched at just the right level for lecturers and postgraduate researchers.

We tell you why you do things!

We believe that it is important to understand why you are doing things since if you understand why you will remember what to do! Our students often tell us that this is one of the best things about our course!

Advanced Skills to keep people alive

When help is delayed you often need more advanced skills than taught on basic first aid courses - the skills a paramedic or doctor might use when they arrive. Whilst we will teach you basic first aid skills we will also teach you important critical advanced skills e.g. traction splinting a broken femur. These advanced skills help keep people alive!

Plenty of Resources

During our courses we have a mannikin to student ration of 1 per 2 students so you get plenty of practice. We also give our course participants access to a huge range of equipment that may be relevant to their needs.

For example when teaching splinting we use inflatable splints, improvised splints, Prosplints and the excellent, mouldable SAM® splint. One participant on an outdoor first aid course recently told us that after years of outdoor first aid courses they had never seen a SAM® splint. This is because they are an expensive consumable. We do no skimp on these consumables since their use prepares you better for both purchasing relevant equipment and using it in the outdoors.

Correct spinal immobilisation

Basic Resuscitation Standards suggest that you to roll everyone into a recovery position - including those with a spinal injury. Most outdoor first aid courses teach you the same! Instead, following the advice of our medical advisor, we work to Mountain Rescue protocols and will immobilise a spinal injury where found if possible, only rolling the patient over if their airway is compromised or they need to be left to fetch help.  

Comprehensive Full Colour Course Manual

Every participant is provided with a comprehensive, full colour, 100 page fieldwork first aid manual, which means that you can sit back and learn the important skills rather than writing notes! The manual also provides an excellent resource after the course since it covers everything you were taught. It also contains patient record sheets that can be used on the hill to remind you what to do and to record patient details and treatments given - important when dealing with students in a University setting when considering potential litigation.

Why is it run mostly indoors?

Many outdoor first aid courses take staff outside for most of the course. They end out taking a basic first aid course but without the classroom. Unfortunately basic teaching theory confirms that students don’t remember much when they are cold and wet - they remember when they are warm and comfortable! We therefore use a combination of classroom skill sessions and video scenarios to bring the outdoors indoors. Where appropriate we also run suitable outdoor scenarios to allow staff to practice skills learned indoors in a more realistic environment.

Medically Correct Information

Our course follows the latest medical advice and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also have a medical advisor with whom we consult to ensure that our courses provide you with accurate information.

Common problems include advice on plasters and medications. Students often tell us that they have been advised them not to use plasters on children. This is just an urban myth. The HSE have issued clear guidance on this issue.

Another common myth is that a first aider must never issue medications, such as paracetamol. Again there is clear guidance from the HSE on this issue stating that it is "perfectly ok to give basic medications". This advice can be extended to carry a basic medications kit which of course can be invaluable if you are miles from the nearest pharmacy! If you would like further information on these issues please contact us.

However be assured that by attending one of our courses you will learn the most up to date information at all times.

Who would benefit from attending?

Anyone undertaking fieldwork, whether as part of personal research or running undergraduate field trips. Suitable for geologists, geographers, biologists, environmental scientists, civil engineers and many others!

 

 

 

 

 

Time (hours): 
16
Suitable for: 

Anyone who undertakes fieldwork and is some distance from backup help.

Recognition: 
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • HSE "Appointed Person"
  • Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority
  • BMC/MLTB
  • Moor & Fell Walking Award
  • BCU & RYA
  • PADI & NCA
  • BHPA
Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 

The course is extremely comprehensive and also flexible to meet the needs of a group. For fieldwork at altitude for example, we cover altitude sickness and hypothermia.

Typical course contents include:

  • Introduction, mountain rescue, mountain survival
  • Fieldwork planning and safety in the hills and mountains
  • Scene assessment, communication & delegation
  • Safety & hygiene, communicable diseases (eg. HIV)
  • Primary survey-trauma/non-trauma (recovery postn./imobilisation)
  • The “chain of survival” - relevance & application of CPR in the hills
  • CPR and resuscitation (latest standards)
  • Choking
  • First aid kits for fieldwork
  • Control of bleeding, serious bleeding in the hills and pressure points
  • Shock - types, treatment and importance when help is delayed
  • Recognising and treating illness in the outdoor environment
  • Recognising and treating injuries in the outdoor environment.
  • Practical session on splinting using improvised splints, sam splints and other commercially available splints
  • Practical sessions on spinal immobilisation and moving patients
  • Environmental problems: heat, cold, altitude
  • Reporting of accidents at work and in the hills
  • Litigation and fieldwork

Forestry First Aid

Foresters groupDuring this innovative course you will learn the key skills of first aid and gain the confidence to act effectively in an emergency. By using "Active Learning" and a comprehensive workbook we ensure that you remember the skills and feel confident to use them.

Time (hours): 
8
Suitable for: 

Anyone who works in forestry and may need to treat injuries in adults or children.

Recognition: 

Meets the requirements of the HSE for "Appointed Persons in the Workplace" training.

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 
  • scene assessment
  • safety and hygiene
  • communicable diseases
  • primary survey
  • the unconscious, non-trauma casualty
  • the recovery position
  • the unconscious, trauma casualty
  • the "chain of survival"
  • rescue breathing (adult & child)
  • CPR (adult & child)
  • choking (adult & child)
  • first aid kits
  • control of bleeding
  • treatment of sports illnesses
  • treatment of sports injuries
  • the accident book
  • reporting of accidents at work

 

Sports First Aid

Bandaging a headDuring this innovative course you will learn the key skills of first aid and gain the confidence to act effectively in an emergency. By using "Active Learning" and a comprehensive workbook we ensure that you remember the skills and feel confident to use them.

Time (hours): 
8
Suitable for: 

Anyone who needs to treat sporting injuries in adults or children.

Recognition: 

Meets the requirements of the HSE for "Appointed Persons in the Workplace" training.

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 
  • scene assessment
  • safety and hygiene
  • communicable diseases
  • primary survey
  • the unconscious, non-trauma casualty
  • the recovery position
  • the unconscious, trauma casualty
  • the "chain of survival"
  • rescue breathing - children and adults
  • CPR - children and adults
  • choking - children and adults
  • first aid kits
  • treatment of sports illnesses
  • treatment of sports injuries
  • the accident book
  • reporting of accidents at work

Paediatric First Aid

Choking Baby

In about 5 hours, have fun learning how to deal with the typical accidents that children have and cover adult skills as well.

Each skill is tailored to children’s needs and the differences between the treatment of adults and children is thoroughly explained.

At the end of the course you will feel confident to cope with the following scenarios and more: drowning, falling off a bike, cot death and nose bleeds.

Time (hours): 
5
Suitable for: 

Anyone who needs to look after injured/ill adults and children.

Recognition: 

Meets the requirements of the HSE for "Appointed Persons in the Workplace" training. 

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 
  • scene assessment
  • safety and hygiene
  • communicable diseases
  • primary survey
  • the unconscious, non-trauma casualty
  • the recovery position
  • the unconscious, trauma casualty
  • the "chain of survival"
  • rescue breathing - children and adults
  • CPR - children and adults
  • choking - children and adults
  • first aid kits
  • control of bleeding
  • the accident book
  • reporting of accidents at work

 

Basic Life Support

CPRDuring this innovative course you will learn the key skills of first aid and gain the confidence to act effectively in an emergency. By using Active Learning and a comprehensive workbook we ensure that you remember the skills and feel confident to use them.

Almost uniquely, our medically based course stresses the importance of not moving injured patients and shows you how to safely hold spinal injuries in position, rather than just putting them in the recovery position.

Time (hours): 
4
Suitable for: 

Anyone who needs a very basic first aid qualification.

Recognition: 

Meets the requirements of the HSE for "Appointed Persons in the Workplace" training.

Pre-Requisites: 

None

Course Contents: 
  • scene assessment
  • safety and hygiene
  • communicable diseases
  • primary survey
  • the unconscious, non-trauma casualty
  • the recovery position
  • the unconscious, trauma casualty
  • the "chain of survival"
  • rescue breathing
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ie. CPR)
  • choking management
  • first aid kits
  • control of bleeding
  • the accident book
  • reporting of accidents at work

 

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