You're at a restaurant with friends celebrating the end of an awesome dive trip.
You and your buddies have been exploring the reefs and taking photos of fish for the last five days.
All of a sudden, one of your buddies grabs his throat and looks frightened. He's not making any sounds; no coughing, nothing. What do you do?
First, make sure the scene is safe and then ask your buddy, “Are you choking?” He nods. You take up a position behind him, placing your arms around his abdomen and perform abdominal thrusts. After a couple of thrusts, out comes the chunk of food he was choking on. He thanks you and you tell him he should be checked by a doctor.
Could you have done that? Did you know what to do?
Emergency medical care follows some simple guidelines. In the Emergency First Response program, you'll learn those guidelines and have hands-on practice with the skills you'll need to respond in a medical emergency.
Starting with the most serious, you'll learn how to deal with life-threatening situations. You'll practice providing CPR, providing abdominal thrusts for choking and providing care for spinal injuries, shock and serious bleeding. Most of us will never need these skills, but they are the most important because they can mean the difference between life and death.
Then, you'll learn about and practice skills for non-life threatening situations. Assessing for injuries, illnesses, taking a medical history, bandaging and splinting. These skills will probably be something you use more often, whether is bandaging a small cut on your hand or checking to see how sick your son/daughter is when they don't want to go to school.
You don't need any prior experience to take the Emergency First Response course, just a desire to learn and be ready to help others.