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In our experience people attending first aid training are often initially reluctant participants, this is in many cases due to the fears and concerns that people have regarding the administration of first aid.  Addressing these fears and showing how easily these fears can be removed, makes the rest of the training much easier to understand and enjoy. 

The Fear of Infection by coming into contact with blood, vomit or other bodily fluids is understandable.  This fear is addressed by training first aiders in the effective use of barriers, such as gloves and face shields and taking precautions to ensure that they can protect themselves against infections such as HIV or Hepatitis when delivering first aid.

Fear of doing something wrong or hurting the patient, this is a common fear particularly when delivering chest compressions.  Sometimes people don't want to do CPR, delay starting or don't do it because they don't want to harm the patient.  A patient who is not breathing and has no heartbeat is dead, performing chest compressions in CPR cannot harm or hurt them, it can only help, the most harm would be in not delivering chest compressions at all.

In many cases first aid will involve providing comfort to a patient, monitoring them and making sure that the emergency services have been contacted if necessary.  You will find that when faced with a situation, your training will come back to you and you will know how to respond

There are some situations where you could hurt the patient, for example in cases of spinal injury where the patient shouldn't be moved, these situations will be identified and covered later in the course.

Fear of Litigation if something goes wrong, this fear is addressed in your training, if you always ask for permission to help, follow the rules and your workplace policies and act within the boundaries of your training, it is unlikely that you will be sued.

Fear for your own safety. You don't want to start out as a first aider and become a patient, part of the training is to make sure you always, Stop, Think and then Act before approaching any emergency situation, using scene safety to make sure that you keep yourself safe.