First Aid Level 2
While First Aid Level 1 is a useful skill to have it is just the foundation. Using the core skills from level 1 training can continue in levels 2 & 3. For those who work in or are around areas where there is a high likeliness of accidents it is encouraged for level 2 training to be done. In many industries it is compulsory for certain individuals to continue their first aid training to level 2. When this training is completed a certificate is awarded to show that the training has been completed.
The training for level 2 is more intense than level 1 and is usually done over the course of a few days. During this training, the following situations are covered.
- A review of level 1.
- A detailed overview of spinal injuries and how to properly immobilize an individual who has experienced trauma that may have injured the spine.
- How to assess and treat a variety of chest injuries including rib fractures and life-threatening injuries such as a gunshot or stabbing wound.
- Another injury covered by level 2 training is eye injuries which discusses the types of injuries and basic treatment.
- Pelvic and abdominal injuries that can range from minor trauma that requires interventional surgery to sever life-threatening trauma that requires internal bleeding to be slowed.
- The different types of injuries that can occur in various environments. Including spots and lifestyle activities such as camping where there is possible exposure to hazardous temperature changes.
- Being in a country with a variety of animals that are considered dangerous; such as scorpions, snakes, blue bottles and bees, level 2 training provides training on how to correctly treat a bite/sting to slow down the effects until professional help arrives.
- Poisoning is a risk in environment where working with hazardous chemicals, during training the correct methods of handling poisoning are covered.
- Other medical emergencies are also covered. These include epileptic seizures and other conditions that can cause convulsions. For these types of emergencies, the basic lifesaving procedures are taught.
It is recommended that level 2 training be done within 3 years of completion of level 1 training to ensure you are up to date on training and stay qualified to help in any emergency situation that may arise.