Updated: Dec 22, 2021
Ever witnessed an accident first-hand but unsure of what you can do to help the victims? This is where the importance of being first aid trained comes into play. Knowing what to do during the first few minutes of an emergency and applying them at the earliest instance can make that critical difference between life and death. FITLUC strives to ensure that clients are in safe hands while achieving their fitness goals. Therefore it is of upmost importance that our personal trainers are equipped and up to date with the necessary lifesaving skills and knowledge, so we can be readily prepared if an emergency situation arises.
First aid is an essential skill to learn as it equips us with the necessary skills to render assistance, comfort, and support to those in need before medical assistance arrives. First aid applies not only to life-threatening situations but also includes minor injuries such as bruising and cuts that may potentially lead to more serious complications.
Our personal trainers attended a 2-day refresher course at the Singapore First Aid Training Centre (SFATC) to refresh our first aid skills as well as CPR/AED. We were trained in rendering first aid to various types of possible accidents and injuries such as fractures, burns, cuts, cardiac arrest, seizures, heat disorders, stroke, respiratory problems, and more. It is essential to provide initial care to the victim of injury or sudden illness before medical assistance arrives. At FITLUC, on the very first trial session with clients, we'll have a consultation with clients to find out if they have any pre-existing/past medical conditions or injuries. It is essential that as trainers, we know how to calmly and safely deal with the situation in case of an emergency situation should there be an incident.
We also had hands-on practical sessions where we practiced the different types of bandaging methods for various types of injuries like dislocation of joints, fractures, burns, and bleeding for different body parts. Immediate bandaging and applying of direct pressure onto open wounds are essential in helping to reduce blood loss which could result in severe side effects. Other than reducing blood loss, bandaging is also crucial to preventing open wounds from getting into contact with harmful bacteria which could result in serious infections. Bandaging for fractures is important for supporting the bone structures and limiting further movement which could potentially result in further injury. Splints or any sturdy object could be used to help keep the limb in position to provide extra support.
We were also trained in performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the steps on how to operate an Automated external defibrillator (AED) when faced with a situation where a victim is unconscious and not breathing. A person's heart that has stopped working or is not breathing for more than 4 to 6 minutes may start to suffer serious brain damage due to the lack of circulation of oxygenated blood to the brain. resulting in brain cells dying. CPR & AED being administered during this critical juncture can help to externally pump the blood and keep oxygenated blood flowing around the body to prevent serious brain damage and even death. It is recommended to keep performing CPR/AED until the paramedics arrived or when the person has regained consciousness or started breathing again.
Lastly, we were also trained in helping someone who is choking and how to use personal medications such as an inhaler and EpiPen, during an asthma attack and severe allergy reaction respectively.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies routinely gathers to refine and update first aid skills based on the results of the latest scientific studies. Therefore, this first aid course serves as a great opportunity to not only refresh our memory on the basic first aid skills but also keep us updated about the latest changes when administering first aid skills. Besides that, in FITLUC, we have encountered clients with different underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disorders. The first aid course not only equips us with the necessary skills to deal with a situation should a client with a medical condition relapse, but also gives us the mental confidence to stay calm and administer first aid for the client.
In a gym setting, there are bound to be some risks and unforeseen circumstances present. Resistance training performed in the gym is a form of physical activity that can elevate our heart rate due to the body's need for more blood. During a training session, under the guidance of a trainer, we might feel inclined to push ourselves a little harder, which may lead to overexertion. This might cause us to feel dizzy and light-headed as blood is being pumped to the muscles which causes the brain to be starved of oxygen. Also, in certain rare cases, it may even lead to a heart attack. In addition, when lifting weights in the gym, especially when we are fatigued, we might accidentally drop the weight on ourselves or get a finger caught in between. This may potentially result in some bruising or even possibly a bone fracture. However, rest assured as our trainers at FITLUC are always paying close attention and spot as you workout. Last but not least, trainers are also first aid and CPR/AED certified and possess a sports science background, so fret not, your safety is in our hands. So if you’re looking to train in a safe and effective environment Drop us a WhatsApp message at +65 8812 0110 or book a personal training trial with one of our dedicated trainers to explore if personal training is the best choice for you!
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