I Attended A Cpr / First Aid Training From The American Red Cross Association

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INTRODUCTION While I attend Barstow Community College, I attended a CPR/First Aid Training from the American Red Cross Association. This course was two Saturdays in a row from 9am to 5pm. The courses were very beneficial, because it taught me the basic information to help someone in need. The First Aid class was simple and basic. The CPR class was superficial with hands-on practice. It revealed to me how a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in saving a person’s life. I. CONCRETE EXPERIENCE The first Saturday was the instruction on CPR for adults and infants. I remember walking in the class and the instructor, Ellis Taylor Puryear, made sure we had a partner before proceeding. The first thing he emphasized was about getting sued, the laws, and regulations. It is hard for someone to get sued for doing CPR because of the “Good Samaritan” law. This law gives immunity to anyone who tries to give CPR in an honest effort to save a life. He also mention that by staying calm and knowing the steps to react will make everything run smooth and thus save a life. There is a four step process to do in fifteen minutes to assess the person before knowing to do CPR. The first step is to make sure the scene is safe by checking for hazards that will harm me. Second step is to check if the person is conscious by shaking their shoulder and asking, “Are you okay?” If the person response than they are okay. If they have no response, call 911 or direct someone else to. If it is a child (puberty or under) call 911 first. Next step is to check for any breathing. Do not move the person but look, listen, and feel for breathing. This should only take ten seconds. If there is breathing there is no need for CPR, but other aid may be required. After l... ... middle of paper ... ...istance can be obtained.” (“First Aid”, pg. 1) First aid has a wide variety to aid the victim’s needs. Even though there are a “variety of possible injuries, several principles of first aid apply in general to all emergencies.” (“First Aid”, pg. 1) The experts in the First Aid article mentions, “Avoiding panic or undue haste is important.” (“First Aid”, pg. 1) It is very important to keep calm in all situations so the mind is clear. Like said there is a wide variety but most common emergencies are “caused by accidents involving asphyxiation, cardiac arrest, severe bleeding, poisoning, burns, heatstroke and heat exhaustion, fainting and coma, sprains and fractures, and animal bite.” (“First Aid”, pg. 1) It is also important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do. (“First Aid”, pg. 1) First Aids main concern is keeping the victim alive until help arrives.

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