Learn Necessary Survival Skills from Trained Professionals

When you think about survival skills, you may be thinking more along the lines of squirting blood and broken bones, but in reality you’re probably going to face more mundane issues such as heart attacks, diabetic issues, and other “normal” medical issues in real life. We’re going to discuss the top 3 first aid skills that you need to know in order to save a life.

An interesting point that”s also relevant here is the fact that most, if not all, states have a good Samaritan law that releases non-medical people from liability if they try to help a sick or injured person. In today”s lawsuit-happy world, that’s good info to have.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

You’ve probably heard of this as CPR and it involves knowing how to keep oxygen flowing to a person’s brain if their heart isn’t pumping until you can get their heart restarted. CPR courses teach rescue breathing, too.

You can take this course at your local EMS or Red Cross stations or they can tell you where you can go. It really is vital to take this class every few years in order to stay up to date with current methods and it’s relatively inexpensive, or even free. CPR training is a great first aid skill to have at all times, not just for use in a disaster.

 

Heimlich Maneuver

This is an extremely successful series of steps used to clear a person’s airway if they’re choking. Just like with CPR, you can call your local Red Cross to find out where to take the class. It’s generally included with the CPR class.

  1. Determine if the person is truly choking. A choking victim will often have their hands around their throat. If you notice someone making this gesture, look for other choking signals. You should only perform the Heimlich on a choking person. Look for the following.
  • Cannot breathe or experiencing loud, difficult breathing
  • Cannot speak
  • Inability to cough effectively
  • Blue or gray color to lips and fingernail beds
  • Loss of consciousness
2. Let the person know you’re going to perform the Heimlich. Tell the choking person you want to help them. Let them know you know the Heimlich Maneuver and are going to perform it on them.
 
3. Wrap your arms around the person’s waist. Stand with your legs separated to best support your body. Gently wrap both arms around their waist. Lean them forward slightly.

 

Basic First Aid

This class teaches you how to deal with such issues as wounds, broken bones, diabetic emergencies, eye injuries, electrical shocks and more. It’s fairly inexpensive and well worth the money because though it says basic first aid, it’s a pretty comprehensive class that you’ll learn many valuable skills from. Again, contact your local Red Cross for more information

Emergency Medical Technician Training

If you really want to learn a ton of information about how to deal with more advanced medical emergencies, take the EMT course. It’s the course that your local emergency squad people take and it’s a great course to teach you field medical skills.

You’ll learn how to do everything from field-setting bones to caring for avulsed eyes and heart attack sufferers. It may be a bit more expensive but it’s worth it if you’re serious about learning top-notch first aid skills from qualified professionals.

Many people just want a quick “œtell me how to do it” web page but if you’re serious about caring for your family or friends if they’re injured then you need to take the time to learn properly from qualified professionals.

After all, in a disaster situation, there’s not going to be anybody around to tell you how to do it if you forget, and you may not get a do-over. The life that you save may be yours or a loved one’s so do this right.

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