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Old 08-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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How many people know basic first aide and CPR

I work at a school and we had an all Day meeting were we learned and was certified thru the Red Cross on CPR and basic first aide. This got me to thinking how useful it will be for camping too.....how many know and are certified give give aide? Could you? And does everyone carry a first aide box?

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I am First Responder, CPR and AED certified. We carry a fairly extensive first aid kit.

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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We had to train on an AED today aswell. I carry one in all my cars as well as the camper. JUst curious....Thanks for responding
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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I have been CPR certified ever since Boy Scouts when it was called "Artificial Respiration". Have always kept it up while raising kids, and for work. I am a long time volunteer firefighter, and ran First Responder EMS for about ten years, and was a certified EMT for that time, but that certification has lapsed. I still have the full crash kit in the van however, and make sure it is properly stocked and my CPR/AED card is current.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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Yep, I do. Does everyone know the newly revised method of CPR which doesn't require breathing for the victim? Only use chest compressions no mouth to mouth required. That is a huge improvement because of reluctance of people to want to do mouth to mouth every 5 chest compressions
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Both my wife and I were required by work to be CPR certified. I was a bomb tech and we went a bit further and regularly had classes from our mountain rescue/swat paramedics on traumatic injuries. Basically, we emphasized stopping the bleeding in larger injuries. It was good stuff to know.

We carry a large fishing tackle box full of first aid gear, even sutures. If you're out in the middle of nowhere, you may just need some of this stuff.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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Since the Boy Scout days, Carry a large First Aid Kit. While in TX for the winter I was a Heart Ranger, first responder with CPR and Defib.

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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Spent 12 years working full time as a paramedic and have a degree in emergency medical science and yeah, I miss the hands on patient care part of the job. Wife is an RN. Carry a basic life support level jump bag.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:03 PM   #9
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I used to be certified in first aid when I was a working stiff, but sadly it has elapsed. About two years ago I was walking with my youngest adult daughter in Lowe's when all of a sudden she keeled over and went into convulsions. On the way down to the floor she hit her head on the large bottled water display rack cutting her head which supplied a lot of blood all over the floor.

Witnesses said I jumped clear over the flat cart I was pushing and got to her side just as her head hit the floor. I didn't have a clue as what was going on with her, but I could see a lot of blood in her mouth and after a few seconds her lips turned blue. I remember clearing her mouth with my finger and I remember someone screaming "she's dead, she's dead, she's dead look at all the blood she's dead" over and over loudly. The Lowe's manager just stood there and asked if he could do anything. I remember saying "call 911".

The next thing I remember is the EMS personnel holding on my shoulder and asking me to move aside. I stood up and then promptly passed out.

Long story short, She had a reaction to a new medicine, and I was fine. Maybe a lot of years older all of a sudden, but otherwise fine.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:08 PM   #10
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I was Red Cross certified in first aid and CPR while I was working until I retired from that job at 55. It's since lapsed but that doesn't mean I can't still use what I learned.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #11
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Well, I had to take basic Multi-Media First aid on the job I had before I became a Police dispatcher... Actually I did not have to take it but a wet behind the ears Assistant manager liked to throw his non existant weight around so not only did the company pay for the class. I got paid to take it.

Later I took CPR on my own.

Then the new job (Police dispatcher) decided I should take the first aid and CPR again.

Several times,, Then I retired and took CPR with AED.

ONE time.. I have had to assist someone via phone, and a couple of times I observed while others did the CPR (Well I did a bit more than observe.. I mean I was standing next to a phone, so I used it).

By the way.. If you are even in that position, EVEN If you do not know CPR (Standing next to a pay phone while someone does CPR) 9-1-1 is a free call, no quarter needed
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Carry AED, Trauma Bag, O2, etc... wherever I go.
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Originally Posted by bdickson View Post
I am First Responder, CPR and AED certified. We carry a fairly extensive first aid kit.
Used to be trained the same as an EMT, but for some weird reason (definition of EMT's duties) the national ski patrolmen couldn't be called EMT's. Still carry my patroller pack in the car/toad.
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As a Scout leader, I'm 1st Aid and CPR certified. As the CPR protocols seem to change everytime I get certified, I have an app on my iphone where you can follow a video of the proper techniques.

I'm also certified in Wilderness 1st Aid as the treatment regimen is VERY different if help is 8 or more hours away. In that case, you have to determine 'What will kill them first?'

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