This is week ten of the Season on Cultivation.
Knowing how to respond in a medical emergency is obviously important. Of course, the first thing you should always do is call 9-1-1 and, when in doubt, leave everything to the professionals. That said, knowing how to help before the professionals arrive on the scene could save a life.
Try this short test of the first-aid knowledge you already have. You might be surprised by what you do not know.
Next, here are some great resources to help you learn first-aid skills (it is difficult to pick only one when there is so much good information out there). This webpage from the University of Washington is a simple, straightforward resource devoted solely to CPR (including performing CPR on children and infants) and choking with text-based explanations, videos, and a handy pocket-guide. This excellent guide from Lifehacker addresses a variety of emergency medical situations, from how to help someone who is choking, drowning, or bleeding to how to deliver a baby. It includes excellent video explanations and links to learn more. Third, here is the Mayo Clinic’s (slightly drier, yet extensive) first-aid resource, with information on a large number of medical emergencies, if you are interested in learning more or the other resources don’t cover the issue you need to know about. Finally, you can get a free first-aid app from the American Red Cross for your iPhone or android phone.
Even having all of this information, though, is not as good as attending a real first-aid class taught by experts who can explain things in person and answer questions. These classes are often taught at local YMCAs, fire stations, or community centers and can be quite inexpensive. The Red Cross website is one place where you can find a class near you.
You should also consider putting together a first-aid kit full of all of the things you might need in a medical emergency like bandages, gloves, and scissors. It is useful to have and is also a great way to engage your children and teach them about first-aid. Show them all of the things as you put them into the kit and explain them. While you’re doing that, just for fun, you can listen to the band “First Aid Kit”.
Finally, if these sorts of things are important to you, consider donating money to the American Red Cross, which provides much of the training, education, and materials which help the rest of us be better prepared for medical emergencies. Or better yet, donate blood to help those who have suffered such emergencies.
Have other tips for dealing with medical emergencies? Let us know by commenting!