Know Basic Medical Training

Having a basic medical training can be critically important for the health and well being of you friends, family, or others in need. Knowing isn’t enough; one has to learn hands-on methods of helping others and potentially saving a life.

An easy, informative way is to become CPR and First Aid certified through a hospital course or other community methods. The American Red Cross trains and conducts CPR/First Aid training courses within many communities, often through hospitals and local doctor offices. Check with your town’s medical community for the next open slot to take the class.

The classes themselves are conducted in one of several ways. Certain groups offer a one-day seminar that last anywhere from four to seven hours, depending on the size of the training class. Classes can also take several days, perhaps with a lesson a night, split up into different areas but covering the same material. To become certified, one must watch instructional videos on both CPR and First Aid methods, put the knowledge learned into practice with dummies and exercises, and then pay for a multiple choice test after studying.

The First Aid training teaches many methods of healing burns, cuts, infections, sprains, nausea, and other common symptoms that can become dangerous to those involved. People also learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and how to ease heat stroke, help frostbite, and care for those suffering seizures. Many people may already know several ways to heal common maladies and more severe illnesses, but the videos and practices are a nice refresher course, and present alternative methods of care.

The CPR training is more hands-on; to know the basics can truly be a lifesaver. You learn what cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is, how to perform it safely, and what methods to use on children, infants, and adults. All people in the class must practice on dummies of adults and babies to go through the motions of CPR certification.

After you learn the basics of both of these courses, you receive a certification card. Generally, when you pass the First Aid test your card is valid for three years. With CPR certification, your knowledge by American Red Cross standards is only valid for one full year. It is advised that you retake these courses every year. Hopefully you will never be faced with performing CPR during a painful situation, which is why it is easy to forget the steps and methods when not in practice. Take the classes whenever they return to both refresh yourself and secure the knowledge of CPR and First Aid in your mind for life.