The teaching resources include a presentation and a lesson plan with suggested activities. By the end of the lesson, your students will:

  1. be aware of different types of poisons, such as household detergents, drugs, and undercooked meat

  2. understand how poisons can enter the body

  3. know how to give initial first aid treatment to someone who has been poisoned

  4. know to safely collect evidence for the emergency services of what could have caused the poisoning.

Who can deliver this first aid lesson?

The lesson plans can be delivered by teachers, higher-level teaching assistants, school nurses and youth leaders who have a current first aid qualification. The first aid qualification must cover the topic you are teaching.

All the information from the resources can be found in the current edition of the First Aid Manual.

Teaching resources

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