I have attended this type of training on several occasions over the last 15 years. Every time, I come away having seen or learnt something new which I hope will find me even better prepared should the need arise. Today, I had the opportunity to handle an AED for the first time. On previous occasions, such a device had only been referred to so actually getting to practice with one has made them seem a bit less scary. Two videos were shown today which demonstrated graphically how effective (and ineffective) chest compressions can make a huge difference to the outcome of an emergency scenario.
Course timetabled for 3 hours 30 minutes finished after 1hr 45 mins, 1.30pm start, finished by 3.15. For those of us who have never administered an injection before, this is the most critical skill to try, but there was no opportunity to use an actual, filled syringe and needle in a prosthetic. Empty syringe with no needle only.