Taking a First Aid Class

Whether it's knowing how to manage a burn from cooking, or how to approach someone with a possible neck injury, a first aid class could save a life. Being prepared for the unexpected can make a huge difference in the outcome of accidents and illnesses. Without the right training, a simple burn can develop into something far worse.

With a wide variety of programs and classes available, there is ample opportunity for you to take a first aid class and gain that indispensable training. Gaining certification is quicker than you may expect, with various classes offered all through the week in Washington DC, and they are a great foundation for future career development.

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First Aid Classes and What is First Aid?

First Aid is how to deliver assistance when faced with a wide range of situations, especially with assisting in a medical crisis before medical professionals arrive. The main aims of the practice are to minimize injury, prevent further escalation, provide pain relief, promote recovery and protect those who have fallen unconscious.

First aid training is hugely common, with every business requiring a minimum of one person on shift to be trained and certified to be OSHA compliant. Red Cross designs their training programs so organizations can easily become certified. Some jobs may require more advanced medical training such as American Red Cross approved cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and being able to utilize an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). These can be learned alongside your first aid training to maximize your knowledge in the shortest amount of time.

What do First Aid Classes cover?

First aid classes cover how to approach a wide range of conditions. These can include conditions from things such as asthma attacks, burns, or choking all the way to head and spinal injuries, cardiac arrest, and strokes. The vast array of conditions covered in the class give students the knowledge and hands-on skills to approach most first aid emergencies. A lot of asthma attacks don't have to end in a trip to the ER if you know the steps to de-escalate the situation.

Each condition has its specific training and a set of best practices that you learn to follow. The class also teaches how to assess each situation: a large part of giving medical assistance is being able to recognize symptoms and make smart decisions on what to do next. Learning what is a safe environment to give first aid, how to approach people with care, and where to find supplies, are key aspects of the certification courses.

Also, the typical American Red Cross training covers the use of CPR and AED so you can usually become conveniently certified in first aid, CPR, and AED in one go. Each first aid class also teaches the differences between using CPR, first aid, and a defibrillator on adults and children. For children and infants, the process differs because their bodies are still forming and are far more delicate. Delivering medical assistance to a child or infant requires different steps and awareness of their fragility. The classroom setting of the course supplies additional confidence with in-person skills sessions.

You can choose your class type based upon your needs, with providers such as the American Red Cross offering specialist training in First Aid/CPR/AED altogether or a more specific class type. There are courses designed around child-care, for swimming instructors, or even babysitting courses. After completing a first aid/CPR/AED training course you can develop your skills further by taking a BLS (basic life support) class and maybe even a further specialized healthcare ALS (advanced life support) course.

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Why are Classes important?

Whilst many people think they know what to do in an emergency, without the proper training they could find themselves helpless. Getting your certification means that your knowledge has been tested in hands-on skills sessions and you've actively managed to properly complete first aid/CPR/AED in a simulation exercise. Taking a class can make a huge difference in your confidence and how you approach emergencies in the future. In just a few hours you can learn the skills to help your loved ones, friends, and even strangers. Simply put, having first aid training and knowing CPR to a professional standard can save lives.

The beauty of this training is that it is designed for everyone to learn: the more people who know how to react to a cardiac arrest or a severe burn then the fewer fatalities from such incidents. These individual courses are part of wider national programs to educate the public on the necessity of emergency responders.

Also, when working in areas such as child-care, training and certification is vital. Children can be so unpredictable and completely unaware of the possible dangers out there. No matter how child-proof your environment is you will have to clean up a graze or two. Parents will feel more comfortable knowing that they are leaving their children under the supervision of someone with American Red Cross approved skills.

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