If you want to be proficient in first aid, then you need to ensure that you are not only well familiar with all of the procedures and tools that you will need, but also well practiced. Practice is the key to perfection in any area of activity, and medical procedures are, of course, no exception. But it can be hard to find opportunities to practice in the area of first aid, since it’s not every day that you are faced with some type of medical situation or emergency that you can use as a training session. That’s why there is a need for professional medical training equipment.
So what types of equipment are there? Well, mostly medical manikins. These are facsimiles of the human body (or just parts thereof) that can be used to practice various medical procedures. For example, a CPR manikin comes with a head and torso, can be breathed into, and will provide a lifelike feel for doing chest compressions. This way the one who will be doing the procedure will know just how hard to push, and how much to breathe. There are also manikins that simulate broken bones, internal bleeding, and pretty much any other first-aid type situation you can think of. This makes them an invaluable training aid as they allow one to prepare for and practice well any type of situation they may face in the future. And since you can accidentally harm someone through improper application of first aid, this practice is vital.
While it is better to have some sort of first aid knowledge and/or training than none at all, giving yourself the opportunity to train with these types of devices will give you the best field results. If you can find somewhere to use these tools, then do yourself a favor and take advantage of them.