If an emergency occurs in front of you wouldn’t you want to know that you are capable of helping? Of course the first thing you should do if an emergency occurs should be calling for help. While waiting for emergency professionals to arrive, see what you can do to help the person in need. You do not need to be a fancy emergency professional in order to save someone’s life. Some basic life saving skills everyone should know are as follows:
- How to perform CPR:
Everyone, no matter your profession, should be CPR certified. You can receive this certification by simply taking a course which is conveniently offered in multiple places in every city. The CPR steps include pressing down 2-inches deep at a steady pace. Knowing how hard and where to place your hand are aspects that instructors can show you in your course.
- How to help someone who is choking:
The Heimlich maneuver is the treatment used on a person when their airway is blocked. Posters with the steps for treatment are usually seen in restaurants but what if this happens at home? Like CPR, the Heimlich maneuver is performed differently on a child than an adult. Learning the proper way to perform this is very important and can be the difference between life and death.
- How to treat bleeding:
Whether the cut is large or small, stopping the cut from bleeding is the ultimate goal. Step 1 should always be to make sure that your hands are clean. Elevate the part of the body that is bleeding and do your best to remove any dirt in and around the wound. Apply pressure without lifting to check for an adequate amount of time. When the bleeding stops or at least settles, use gauze or a bandage to cover the wound. If the bleeding does not stop, try applying pressure to the artery. The location of the pressure points depend on the part of the body so you may have to look this up or have someone look it up for you while you are applying pressure.
First-aid training courses in New York can help teach individuals how to proceed in the above-mentioned emergency situations. This information is extremely useful and can be the difference between life and death in some instances.