First Aid Training Boston


First Aid  is considered the initial emergency care delivered to a victim before more comprehensive medical care is available. In some cases, this care may be lifesaving. A variety of organizations within the United States offer classes in first aid, leading to 2-year certification, such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. The steps to first aid are usually very basic, requiring very little skill and very little equipment. They are meant to be easy enough for a layperson to deliver.

First aid training often begins with the treatment of trauma. This involves handling cuts, punctures and bruises, as well as strains, sprains and fractures (broken bones), but expands to include properly immobilizing victims of falls with possible neck and head injuries. Controlling bleeding by means of direct pressure, elevation and pressure points is a major topic. The treatment of 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns and the subsequent risk of infection are equally important.

Knowing how to handle respiratory emergencies, including asthma and drowning, is imperative. An allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is a life threatening emergency and can be triggered by insect stings, food allergies or medication reactions. Methods to keep a victim’s airway open so that he or she can keep breathing, even when unconscious, are examined. First aid training also covers identifying and treating victims’ of diabetic emergencies (both high and low blood sugar), stroke and heart attack. The proper steps to take for heat and cold emergencies (hyperthermia and hypothermia) share similar concerns but require very different management.

A subject of particular importance to parents of small children is poisoning. This would include what to do in the case of drug overdoses. Small children are frequently the victims of medication mishandling. Moreover, very small children are prone to drink just about anything they can find, whether it smells or tastes unpleasant or not. All parents should know how to handle these cases.

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