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Responding to Emergencies

This class helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, 

breathing and first aid emergencies.

The course teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care 

to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.

This program is designed primarily for use in secondary schools, colleges, universities 

and other settings that require a curriculum of greater length than 

the standard CPR/AED/First Aid Program.

This course is open to anyone.

Before Giving Care

* Learn how to recognize an emergency.

* Learn to reduce the risk of disease transmission when giving care.

* Learn how to activate and work with the emergency medical services (EMS) system.

* Learn how to check a conscious or unconscious person for life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions.

* Learn to recognize the signals of shock and describe how to minimize its effects.


* Learn how to care for a person who is choking.

* Learn to recognize the signals of a breathing emergency.

* Learn to recognize the signals of a cardiac emergency.

* Learn the links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

* Learn how to care for a heart attack.

* Learn to recognize the signals of cardiac arrest and 

   demonstrate how to provide CPR until emergency medical care arrives.

* Learn the precautions to take when using an AED on a person in sudden cardiac arrest.

* Learn how to use an AED.

First Aid

* Learn to recognize life-threatening bleeding and demonstrate how to control it.

* Learn to recognize the signals of various soft tissue

   and musculoskeletal injuries and demonstrate how to care for them, including splinting.

* Learn to identify signals of head, neck and spinal injuries.

* Learn to recognize the signals of injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis and describe how to care for them.

* Learn to recognize the signals of sudden illness, including poisoning, 

   bites and stings and heat and cold emergencies, and describe how to care for them.

* Learn to recognize the signals of water-related emergencies.


* Learn the use of an asthma inhaler.

* Learn the care given to a person experiencing anaphylaxis.

* Learn the use of an epinephrine auto-injector.

* Learn the basics of pregnancy and describe care needed in emergency childbirth.

* Learn to identify special consideration for first aid care in disaster, remote, or wilderness settings.

* Learn the preparation for venturing into an environment where help may be delayed.

Course length varies depending if additional or optional lessons are included.

The core course, Responding to Emergencies: Adult, Child, Infant CPR,

AED and First Aid is 30 hours.