First Aid Training in Riga: a Step Towards Driver's Licence

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First aid training is mandatory for aspiring drivers, and the first aid training certificate is valid for a term of 5 years from the date of its issuance. First aid training in Riga is offered by driving school Presto, which recommends taking this course before the theory training. It takes 2 days, and due to the epidemiological situation in the country, the first aid theory course takes place online and is 5 hours long. The practical training in person takes about 4-6 hours. First aid training certificate is a prerequisite to be allowed to take school and RTSD theory exams.

Very often the process of gaining a licence takes longer than expected because the trainee has no understanding of the structure of training and what are the actual demands to get a licence. And the lack of knowledge or skills very often is not the main reason as to why the training takes so much time. However, if one manages to organize his/her training properly, it is possible both to save money and time. Very often the trainees do not even know that first aid training is a part of an A and B category training and must be taken repeatedly when obtaining an additional category. Also, trainees are not fully aware that combining first aid training with theory is most often impossible.

First aid training is not only useful for aspiring drivers but to anyone - parents, young people, cyclists, grandparents, etc. This course provides basic knowledge on how to act in case of injuries and accidents. This training is also mandatory to education professionals, security personnel and hunters. It is possible to apply for the training from the age of 12.

A guide into gaining a licence

To many, first aid training is the 1st step towards gaining a driver's licence. It is an opportunity for young people to gain the basic knowledge that later any driver needs. From the age of 14, it is possible to get an AM category for riding a moped in road traffic of up to 45 km/h. But from the age of 16, one can start the B category training. First aid training can be taken even before concluding a contract with a driving school, and the received certificate will turn out useful also when starting the training later, for example, after a period of 1, 2 or 3 years.

When the decision of starting the training at a driving school has been made, one has to take out the medical certificate and learner's driving permit from RTSD. One can apply on for the medical certificate - it offers the best price in Riga as well as no payment queue and a good location. This document is vital in order to be allowed to drive a car at all as there are various medical contraindications that may be a reason to prohibit driving.

For those that have not done their first aid training previously, it is best to plan to take the course after getting the medical certificate. Then it will be clear whether health allows driving a car and whether it is possible to continue with the licence. It is also the moment to sign the agreement with the driving school. But the first task to be done afterwards is completing the first aid training. It means that theory training should be planned straight afterwards.

After the 3rd theory lesson, trainees are allowed to book a driving lesson with an instructor. When going to a driving lesson, one always must take the learner's driving permit along. That is why it is recommended for one to plan some time to take it even before the 1st driving lesson.

What is first aid?

The definition states that first aid is the assistance provided to a victim/patient in a critical situation by a person regardless of his/her training and equipment.

The first topic covered in the first aid training is how to act on the scene of an accident. The course covers resuscitation, stopping life-threatening bleeding, action following various injuries such as electrical injuries, amputations, foreign objects, etc., action following various accidents such as chemical or animal caused accidents, action in case of drowning and transporting victims. A part of first aid training is also to learn the contents of a first aid kit - the questions about it are often included also in the RTSD theory exam.

On the scene of an accident - see, assess and act!

Let's take a look at the first topic in first aid training, thus getting a little insight into what to expect in the training.

On the scene of an accident, first of all, it is important to stay calm. Only then it is possible to assess the situation and the potential danger - current or potential. It is necessary to act quickly, confidently and purposefully. It is important not to be afraid of mistakes and also to protect oneself.

There are a total of 5 stages in the rescue chain. In order to pass a test, one must know the names of all of them. I - immediate measures. It means that it is necessary to set the warning sign - at a distance of 15 m in a populated area or 100 m outside a populated area. Immediate measures must be taken in order to prevent imminent dangers, for example, one has to turn off gas, electricity or extinguish fire. Then the life-saving measures follow - stopping the bleeding, initiation resuscitation, etc.

II - calling for help. 112 is the emergency phone number of the State Fire and and Rescue Service. When an operator takes the phone call, the following questions should be answered in the particular order: 1 - where has the accident happened?; 2 - what has happened?; 3 - how many victims or patients are there? The call should not be ended until the dispatcher has not done it

III - care of the victim. It includes: A - first aid until the ambulance arrives; B - talking to the victim when providing first aid; C - psychological help. The psychological help means that one talks to the victim calmly, soothingly but convincingly at the same time, introduces oneself, does not leave the victim alone, informs of one's actions - for example, about giving some water, moving, applying a compress, etc., informs the victim about what happened, keeps contact with the victim's body, for example, by holding a hand. It is important not to blame the victim and protect him from curious passers-by. Finally, one should inform the victim's relatives of the accident.

IV - ambulance. The ambulance then takes the care of the victims.

V - hospital. The last step of the rescue chain is taking the victim to the hospital.

Action following various injuries

First aid training looks at action following various injuries, for example in case a body part has been amputated. In order to help the victim, one has to put on disposable rubber gloves (if they are not available - a plastic bag). Next, the bleeding area must be removed from the clothing and a pressure applied to the wound - with a finger, fist or palm, by using clean cloth or a piece of sterile gauge. The victim should be placed in a lying position with the bleeding area facing up. One should make sure that the bleeding has been stopped. Finally, one should call 112, keep on holding the wound compressed, protect the victim from cold or any other danger and take care of the victim.

It is necessary to find the amputated body part and wrap it in a dry clean cloth and place it in a plastic bag. The bag must be tied up and placed in a container full of cold water to which ice cubes are added.

Action following thermal damage

First aid training teaches how to act in case of such thermal damages as overheating, cooling and burns. In the wintertime, cooling is of most concern. It may be caused by such factors as cold, humidity, alcohol and unsuitable clothing, and it may result in inability to move.

First aid training teaches that in case of cooling, one should call 112, place the victim in a warm room, wet clothes should be removed and the body covered with dry, warm clothes and one should be wrapped in a foil blanket, covering also the head. If the victim's consciousness is not disturbed, it is recommended to give warm sugar drinks. It is important that the drink is warm and not hot! In case of cooling the arms and legs of the victim cannot be moved or massaged, and the victim should not be placed in a seated position or made to stand up.

Apply for the training and learn more!

For young people that are interested in medicine and that are considering medicine as their future career path, the first aid training is an option to gain the first practical and theoretical knowledge in this field. For aspiring drivers, it is a step closer to gaining a licence.

If you want to learn how to act in life-threatening situations, apply - the first aid training in Presto is held each month! The agreement can be signed remotely on the website!