The benefits of knowing CPR and first aid safety training are never wasted.
You can never be sure whether a few hours spent learning the correct procedures and basic steps might help save someone’s life one day.
Your actions might benefit a family member, a friend, a co-worker, perhaps a stranger - or yourself?
The importance of being prepared and confident that you can act appropriately and calmly if an emergency situation arises should not be overlooked.
Another advantage of learning CPR and first aid safety is adding this skill to your resume. Many 'customer service' conscious companies such as Hotels and Airlines now require those applying for a job to be certified in what is commonly regarded as BLS or Basic Life Support.
Supplementary First Aid training courses are designed for laypersons and not necessarily for professional Emergency Medical Technicians even though most international first aid course syllabuses follow the same protocols.
You can also learn CPR and first aid online although this method of certification does not always meet governmental legislation for workplace environments.
The main thrust of CPR and First Aid Training is to develop the confidence and skills to care for injured victims until the medical professionals (Emergency Medical Services) arrive.
Emergency Response training is generally divided into two main sections. The first section deals with potentially life threatening situations such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), serious bleeding, and spinal injury management.
The next section is commonly regarded as secondary care 1st aid which deals with essentially non-life threatening situations such as minor injuries and illnesses.
Primary care training develops your skill in providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The technique combine chest compressions with rescue breaths delivered to a victim who is considered to be in cardiac arrest.
CPR is important because if cardiac arrest occurs, it usually means that the heart has stopped pumping blood but CPR can sustain a small amount of blood flow to the major organs such as the heart and the brain.
Cardiac arrest is potentially fatal if it is not treated within minutes. Therefore CPR is the basic fundamental of all medical training classes.
There is no greater emergency than a patient without a pulse which is why the technique may be used to extend the window of opportunity to restore the patient's heart beat.
However, it should be noted that CPR alone rarely restarts the heart. The use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is critical for this purpose and AED's are becoming much more available in areas of public mass such as airports, train stations, and sports stadiums.
Defibrillators are portable devices that apply sharp electrical shocks to the heart when its beating becomes dangerously rapidly or chaotic.
The shocks can restore normal heart rhythms before the malfunctioning heart suffers sudden cardiac arrest, which is a seizure than can be fatal within minutes. AED safety training is now very affordable and a certification can usually be completed in two or three hours of tuition.
Basic First Aid is the immediate and temporary treatment of a victim of sudden illness or injury while waiting for the arrival of professional medical aid. Proper and early measures may be instrumental in ensuring a better and more rapid recovery.
First Aid courses cover the avoidance of unnecessary movement and over-excitation of the victim to prevent further injury.
The essentials of First Aid treatment also include the correct bandaging of a wound, the application of splints for fractures and dislocations, treatment of frostbite, fainting, venomous bites and stings, burns, and heat exhaustion.
Emergency First Response® has more than 50,000 trainers worldwide and who are backed by over 40 years of experience in the development and delivery of CPR and First Aid Training Courses.
The American based corporation is one of the fastest-growing CPR, AED and First Aid Training organizations having already gained widespread international acceptance in the industry.
Our courses in CPR are conveniently designed to meet your requirements whether you are an individual or a large corporation. Your study materials, emergency care at a glance card (pocket size), training manual, and realistic hands-on practice on a simulation mannequin are included in the lessons.
Personal identification cards are presented to each student upon successful completion of the course and your international certification is valid for two years.
Contact our CPR Instructor Trainer for more information on the full range of CPR and First Aid training courses now available in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, and other selected provinces in Thailand.
Article Submitted 2010 by Scuba Steve