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Friday, July 31, 2009

Everyone in the family should know basic first aid

What would you do if you, a family member, or a neighbor was injured in a disaster situation, but because of the demand on medical services there is no hope for paramedics to reach you and no possibility of leaving your location to take the person to a hospital?

Basic first aid skills are helpful when medical assistance is readily available, but what would you do if someone was badly injured and there was no hope of getting that person to a medical facility for an hour or more? You need skills beyond what is taught in a basic first aid course.

There are special courses in Wilderness First Aid and CPR for those who travel to remote areas, because emergency services cannot get to those areas quickly if someone is injured. Now Wilderness First Aid training has become a part of emergency preparedness because any city can be a wilderness if emergency services are not available in a disaster.

Wilderness First Aid training is usually very expensive, but the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians have combined forces through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute to make training and certification affordable.

It is recommended that at least one person in each family, and one or more people at each place of employment be certified and trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

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