accessibility & help

First aid videos for deaf people

29 May 2009

Deaf people can already attend inclusive Red Cross inclusive first aid courses across the UK, but now the organisation has also launched a series of fully-signed first aid videos.

Still from a video showing the recovery position

The videos – signed by Fifi Garfield in British sign language (BSL) – cover all the main first aid scenarios, from how to treat bleeding and burn injuries right through to providing emergency resuscitation.

Mark Nelson, company director of Remark!, said: "It’s brilliant that the Red Cross has taken the initiative in making their materials accessible to the deaf community."

Trained and confident

He added: "I personally have enrolled onto a first aid course and found it extremely valuable. I now feel confident that, in the case of a medical emergency, I would be able to respond appropriately. More deaf people certainly should learn first aid."

Still from a video showing CPR

Mark Beagan, inclusive first aid co-ordinator, agrees with Mark Nelson. He said: "In the past three years, our popular inclusive first aid courses have taught first aid to thousands of deaf and disabled people.

“It's brilliant that we now have these additional videos, supported by the BSL, to supplement our other great resources."

The Red Cross also provides guidance on How to request emergency help, which explains how deaf or hard of hearing people can contact the emergency services when they need to.

If you are interested in organising an inclusive first aid course, contact your nearest inclusive first aid co-ordinator.

Watch the videos

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