Emergency first aid training

Our training curriculum was developed by Jon Moussally MD, MPH, co-founder of TraumaLink. He is a Harvard trained emergency physician with over a decade of experience teaching emergency care in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked closely with Bangladeshi physicians including Dr. Kamran ul Baset, road safety expert from the Centre for Injury Prevention Research in Bangladesh (CIPRB), and our Master Trainer, Dr. Md. Abdul Baqi, former Divisional Director of Health, Dhaka Division. They have created a trauma first aid curriculum that can be easily understood by people with any level of education, regardless of whether they have a medical background. All of our training is conducted in small groups of no more than 15 students. There is an emphasis on hands-on training, under the direct supervision of a physician trainer, so that students can remember and perform these skills even in a time of crisis.

Our curriculum, outlined below, includes basic first aid skills that are easy to teach, learn, and perform but are also proven life-saving interventions applicable to all forms of injuries.

  • Overview of first aid, personal safety, and scene management: insures that providers keep themselves safe and patients receive high quality care
  • Introduction to the ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, Circulation): the essential elements of keeping a patient alive in any type of medical emergency, including trauma
  • Airway assessment and management: recognizing and treating blocked airways, a leading cause of death in injured patients
  • Training on jaw thrust maneuver: a simple but life-saving maneuver for opening a blocked airway
  • Breathing assessment and management: recognizing breathing problems and their potential for causing death in injured patients
  • Circulation assessment and management including recognition of shock: overview of bleeding management and recognition of life-threatening bleeding
  • Training on external bleeding control using direct pressure: simple but effective methods for stopping bleeding from most wounds
  • Training on application of tourniquets: treating life-threatening bleeding from injured limbs
  • Training on splint application: stabilizing broken bones to decrease pain and protect against further injury
  • Burn management: guidance on initial care and avoiding some potentially harmful local practices
  • Cervical spine protection: emphasizes the importance of protecting the neck to avoid paralyzing spinal cord injuries
  • Training on cervical spine immobilization: several simple techniques to protect patients from paralysis
  • Patient transport and handling: methods for safely moving patients that avoid the risk of creating further injuries
  • Training on log roll technique: a simple but effective technique to protect against spinal cord injuries while moving patients
  • Training on recovery position: a technique that protects the patient from both suffocation and paralysis
  • Safe extrication of patients: education on how to safely remove an injured patient trapped in a vehicle
  • Training on stretcher transportation: methods for safely placing and moving a patient on a stretcher
  • Mass casualty triage: methods for prioritizing patients for treatment and transportation when medical resources are limited