Brush Up On Your First Aid - It
Could Be A Lifesaving Decision
Whether it's a cut, burn, sprain or something more serious, it often
falls on the people around when an emergency strikes to provide first
aid to a patient. Knowing what to do and how to do it during an
emergency can save not only time, but also lives. With this in mind,
it's a good idea to get some training on the basics of providing first
aid in emergency situations. There are plenty of locations for doing
If you want to learn how to
effectively provide aid if a problem arises, the places to turn for
proper training include local Red Cross chapters, schools and even
area hospitals. These locations often offer great courses including
CPR and beyond. What's more, if you're trained to provide assistance
while waiting for medical attention, you shouldn't find yourself
feeling helpless if something bad does happen. Few feelings are worse
than having to stand by and wait for help while a loved one suffers.
Being trained to give first aid can help alleviate this circumstance.
The reasons for wanting to learn how to
provide help in basic medical emergencies are many. Some people do so
for their jobs; others want to be able to help loved ones if a bad
situation occurs. Parents with small children are particularly in tune
to the need to be able to provide first aid. Images of choking
children, drowning children or kids with big cuts often make parents
run screaming to the nearest outlet to learn.
If you've decided to learn how to give
first aid in a medical crisis, let's look at the options for getting
the right training. It's important to ensure the outlet is accredited
to give the instruction. Learning incorrectly can be dangerous. Here
are some of the best choices for learning it the right way:
Red Cross chapters: Although these
might not be available in every area, this organization provides low
cost and sometimes free training in basic first aid, which will
include the Heimlich maneuver; CPR and even infant and child courses
designed to help parents handle minor emergencies that crop up.
Certification for giving CPR will often be offered, too.
Hospitals: These are a great choice for
a number of classes. Many hospitals provide an array of classes
designed to teach people how to give first aid in a number of
situations. In addition to what the Red Cross offers, hospitals might
also give courses designed to help caregivers of special needs
patients understand what needs to be done in a crisis.
Area schools: High schools often have
night school programs that will sometimes include basic first aid and
CPR. Whether these courses are taught by the school's instructors or
teachers from the Red Cross will vary, but the end result is a good
basic understanding of how to give first aid in an emergency.
When a medical emergency arises,
there's nothing worse than being helpless to assist. By taking basic
classes, almost anyone can be prepared to give first aid when it's