Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is your training free?

Answer: Yes, but the logistics and training materials are sponsored by people like you.

2. Does Trauma Care train outside Lagos?

Answer: Yes, if the individual or group is ready and willing to sponsor the TCIF logistics feeding, and accommodation for the duration of the day or days of the training.

3. Can one volunteer to join the Trauma Care team?

Answer: Yes, You can volunteer to join the Trauma Care team.

4. Are the volunteers going to be paid at the end of the day?

Answer: Trauma Care International Foundation is only open to unpaid volunteers.

5. Is Trauma Care training only for school teachers?

Answer: Trauma Care health and safety emergency response training is open to everyone.

6. How can I be confident that I am doing the right thing?

Answer: Your level of confidence will correspond with your level of training and how you were trained. As a first responder, it is very important to practice what you have been taught by using the action plan (DRSABC), during emergency scenarios.

7. Will I break ribs when I do CPR?

Rib fractures can occur while performing CPR chest compressions. It doesn't happen all the time, in all situations, and it's not always something the first responder is attempting to do. CPR is effective as long as the person performing it compresses one-half to one-third of the person's chest depth (or at least two inches on an adult). Cracked bones are relatively minor injuries that heal in a matter of weeks. If you hear cracking while compressing, make sure your hands are in the proper position and continue compressing.

8. What if I don't have a first aid kit at the scene of an accident?

Answer: Not having a first aid kit handy in an emergency is a very common occurrence. There are plenty of things you can use to improvise, depending on the emergency ā€“ click on the link: to learn more!

9. Can I be sued for doing first aid?

Answer: Yes, you can be sued for administering first aid to someone. It is therefore advised you secure consent from the casualty or the guardian before administering first aid. However, many countries have Good Samaritan laws to protect first responders like yourself. Ensure you do not go beyond the limit of your training and notify the emergency medical services for further guidance.

10. Can I kill a person with CPR?

Answer: Yes, CPR is a technique used on anyone who is unconscious and not breathing, while the Recovery position is used on anyone that is unconscious and still breathing. Therefore, doing otherwise may lead to death.

11. If Iā€™m alone at the scene of an accident, what is more important ā€“ calling 767 or helping the person?

Answer: If you are alone with a casualty that is not breathing, it is best to call emergency line 767 or 112. Also, call attention to yourself while trying to resuscitate the individual


12. What are the criteria for voluntary blood donation?

a. You must be healthy
b. Consider your blood safe
c. You must be between the ages of 18-55 years
d. Weigh 50kg and above
e. Lead a sexually safe lifestyle

13. What are the procedures for voluntary blood donation?

a. Welcoming of the donor
b. Filling of donor registration form
c. Pre-donation counseling
d. Voluntary blood donation
e. Post donation counseling
f. Schedule next appointment
g. Appreciate the donor

14. How much blood will be taken?

A unit of blood (450ml)

15. How often can one give blood?

a. Male every 3 months
b. Female every 4 months

16. What is safe blood?

Safe blood is the blood that is disease-free and does no harm to the person who receives it.

16. What is safe blood?

Safe blood is the blood that is disease-free and does no harm to the person who receives it.

17. Who are the donors?

a. Voluntary, unpaid and regular blood donors
b. People with no risk behavior
c. People who meet donation criteria

18. Who should not give blood?

a. If you are not medically fit
b. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
c. If you are presently on certain medication
d. If you have sickle cell, AIDS, Syphilis etc

19. Who are those that need blood?

a. Those with severe anemia
b. Accident victims
c. Patients undergoing surgery
d. Cancer, AIDs and Sickle cell patients

20. Which blood group is needed for transfusion?

All blood groups are needed namely: A, B, AB, and O.

21. Is there any alternative to blood?

No. There is no suitable alternative to blood transfusion

22. Is it wise to swallow your blood for a minor cut?

A. No. Blood is meant to be transfused not to be swallowed

23. What is the actual duration of time to complete the donation of one unit of blood?

The actual donation takes 5-10 minutes but it may take about 30 to about 60 minutes from arrival to departure. This includes time for the interview, test, and refreshment.

24. What happens if one feels dizzy after donating blood?

Speak to one of the organizers immediately, rest on the chair for about 2-3 minutes and then sit on the side of the couch with the legs hanging over the edge for a few more minutes before moving to the refreshment area.

25. Can one eat or drink immediately after donating blood?

Yes, stay for at least 15 minutes in the refreshment area and have a cool drink and a snack, drink plenty of water or fruit juice to help you recover quickly from your donation.

26. What happens when the blood is donated?

When the donated blood is collected, it is tested, processed. Labeled carefully and stored to ensure that the blood is as safe as possible for transfusion.

27. What is the size of a pint of blood?

a. A donation of 450ml is about the size of one sachet of water, it is less than 10% of your total body volume and may be given safely every 12 weeks or 3 months.

28. Can a blood donor take hot drinks or alcohol immediately after blood donation?

a. Choose cool drinks rather than hot drinks
b. Avoid alcoholic drinks for 6 hours and avoid smoking for at least 2 hours after you donate if at all you have to smoke.

29. What do I do if I get unwell after giving blood?

If you become unwell in any way or have any questions after giving blood, simply contact the blood service where you donated blood.

30. What do I benefit from donating blood?

a. Donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity.
b. It helps in reducing the risk of damage to the liver and pancreas
c. You get a free mini-physical examination, free blood screening to know your blood group and genotype, you also get a donor card that helps you get access to safe blood for transfusion should the need arise.

31. Does TCIF sell the donated blood?

NO. We work with accredited partners to ensure the pool of safe blood for transfusion is sufficient to meet the demand within the states where we host blood drives.