Wilderness First Aid Training

With summer camping season upon us, knowing first aid for wilderness situations is incredibly important. One of the courses we provide at First Aid Ed covers wilderness survival training – we want to ensure that you, your family, or your group will know how to handle an emergency in the wilderness.

Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment. When a person becomes injured or ill in the wilderness, the time and distance to traditional emergency medical services may be hours or even days.

Some of the illnesses or injuries that may be encountered in the wilderness include heat problems (issues such as sunburns or other burns, and sunstroke or heatstroke), hypothermia, bone and joint injuries, wounds and infection, altitude illnesses, drowning or near-drowning incidents, or allergies and anaphylaxis.

First aid providers in a wilderness setting will be faced with limited resources, they will have to care for a patient for a much longer time period, and they must make decisions about when and how fast to evacuate a patient. If you encounter an …

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First Aid Training For Parents

If your child needed life-saving first aid treatment, would you know what to do? At First Aid Ed, we provide CPR and first aid instruction to parents, teachers, school bus drivers, childcare providers, and many others who regularly interact with children and infants.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: their child is injured in or around the home. Choking, bleeding, burns, sprains, seizures, head injuries, swallowing harmful substances, drowning, fever, severe allergic reactions – if your child was threatened by one of these issues, how would you respond?

Studies show that the majority of life-threatening accidents occur in the home. Even children of the most cautious and responsible parents may be at risk for accident or injury. According to the organization Safe Kids Worldwide, an average of over 900 children die each year due to unintentional suffocation, while an additional 16,000+ children under 14 years old experience nonfatal suffocation or inhalation injuries each year. Among children ages 14 and under treated in emergency departments for nonfatal choking incidents, almost 60 percent were food-related, 31 percent involved nonfood items and 9 percent …

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First Aid for Your Team Is a Lifesaver

Your knowledge of first aid can be a lifesaver for your team. A little over a year ago, James, a 41 year-old husband and father of two young children, was working on a film project on campus at the University of Oregon, when he had a sudden heart attack. There were no warning signs – James did not have chest pain or any of the other signals that a heart attack was about to strike – his heart simply stopped beating and he collapsed to the ground. Fortunately, James was working with a team of other filmmakers, one of whom knew CPR and began to administer it immediately. James’s co-worker continued to administer CPR until the paramedics arrived with an ambulance to take James to the hospital. The paramedics were able to resuscitate James in the ambulance, but it was a close call. James began a long road to recovery – he had heart surgery to install a pace-maker, then went through several months of rehabilitation. Today James is healthy and active once more, all thanks to the first aid …

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