More than 400 members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association are now better equipped to deal with medical emergencies after participating in a Basic First Aid Training programme.
Executive vice-president of the association, Sue Springer, explained that the programme, conducted in association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the TVET Council, started last year and ran for four months.
“We had so many requests from our membership for a repeat of the course that we had to bring it back again this year. The sessions have been going so well that we even had to extend them by a month,” Springer explained.
“We at the association are delighted that our members have shown such great interest in the course as first-aid training is vital for all industry workers. The first moments of any emergency are crucial and if treated in the correct way can save lives. This is why we see this training as a must for our members. So that they will be aware of the correct techniques to employ when faced with emergencies.”
Springer added that the sessions covered a number of topics, including treatment at an emergency, wounds, bleeding, unconsciousness, burns and scalds, poisoning, circulatory disorders and first aid techniques for adults and children.
“The BHTA is committed to assisting our members with the training and retraining of their staff members in all areas. Over the years we have hosted similar projects, not only in first aid, but in other areas like safety and security,” she said.
Springer noted that the workshops will run until September 19.