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First Aid can be defined as health or medical assistance given in emergency or first response situations. First Aid consists of three points: preserve life, prevent further harm or damage, and promote recovery. First Aid consists of a large number of simple and easily trained techniques that can be used in numerous situations ranging from blisters to choking to nosebleeds. It is usually performed by non-medical professionals to keep a patient alive until expert medical professionals arrive. First aid also includes instances, usually minor, in which it is the only care required. It is First Aid's relative simplicity that allows it to be accessible to most of society. Various organizations, such as the
American Heart Association (AHA)
offer cheap and/or free first aid training. Certifications are also offered for those wanting to put it on their resume.
Some first aid is basic enough to be taught over the phone during an actual emergency, but training
the incident is recommended.
First Aid training usually includes instruction in:
Situation Analysis (what's going on?)
Emergency treatment of open wounds
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation of an Adult, Child, Infant (CPR)
Use of an Automated External Defibrillator of an Adult, Child (AED)
-First Aid Basics
-Standard First Aid
-First Aid - responding to emergencies
-Wilderness and remote
-Emergency Medical Response
Epinephrine Auto-Injector Use
Administering Emergency Oxygen
Bloodborne Pathogens Training
A group of people are being taught CPR at the Red Cross event, CPR Saturday.
The event trained 2400 people CPR in one day.
Most First Aid training can be taken as a class in a America Red Cross organization. Other commercial organization offer training to employees to an organization to perform first aid to professional are unavailable at the time.
First Aid Applications:
First Aid can be applied to non critical ailments, such as minor cuts, but sometimes it is essential.
Common examples of situations in which first aid is applied in
Heart Attack (Cardiac Arrest)
life-threatening type of allergic reaction)
3rd degree burns
Hyperglycemia (diabetic coma) or Hypoglycemia (
Without first aid or medical attention, the patient with the above ailments would be in a critical condition before medical professionals arrive.
Examples of situations in which first aid is applied in
Stings or bites from insects (non-allergic reaction)
Cuts or small wounds
Concussion or fainting
First Aid Certification:
American Red Cross
offers training for certifications to prepare life saving first aid and CPR skills throughout the United States.
Each year, an average of more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training classes, including First Aid, AED and CPR training.
Specialized certifications in first aid exist for the following fields of work:
Lifeguard (Swimming Lessons)
Wilderness (outdoors man)
Professional Rescuer (EMT)
Emergency Preparedness Education
Family First Aid
Pet First Aid
CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
AED (Automated external defibrillator)
First Aid Kits
It is recommended that one always keeps a First Aid with certain essential nearby in case of an emergency. There are some differing of opinion when it comes to exactly what should be in the kit, but for the most part, medical experts agree that a First Aid kit should have the following items in it in order to be most effective during an emergency:
Aspirin (Any pain reliever)
Instant Cold Compress
Non latex Gloves (in case of any latex allergies)
First Aid Instruction Book
This symbol of a red cross (used by the American Red Cross) usually indicates a First Aid Kit, or that some sort of First Aid is availiable where this symbol is.
Good Samaritan Law
First Aid Kit
Red Cross First Aid Training
American Heart Association First Aid Training
Mayo Clinic First Aid
Red Cross First Aid Kit
Healthy Children First Aid Guide
The American Red Cross
American Heart Association
American Red Cross Training/Class
First Aid Kits
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