When it comes to first aid, most people do not have training beyond what they read on the internet or what they remember from scouts when they were young. However, first aid and AED training is a vital part of any organization’s AED program. Knowing what to do in an emergency and how to use the equipment you have on hand is a matter of life and death to the people that may be affected by your action. But where do you go for proper first aid and AED training?
Did you know Foremost Equipment has their own training offerings? Click the links below to learn more:
- Basic First Aid
- AED, CPR, First Aid Combo
- AED/CPR/First Aid + BPP Training
- AED/CPR/First Aid for Childcare training
- BLS Training
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association offers blended online and in-person training or completely in-person training on first aid, CPR and AED use through its Heartsaver courses. Students learn best practices when it comes to being the first responder in an emergency until emergency medical services can arrive on the scene.
These skills include basic first aid, treating choking in infants, children and adults, and how to treat sudden cardiac arrest in people of all ages. AHA training centers are available nationwide. However, eBooks and online courses can provide your staff with valuable information in the absence of training staff.
American Red Cross
One of the most accessible outlets for first aid and AED training is the American Red Cross. With offices across the country, Red Cross trainers can come to your school, business, government office, or other location and provide your staff with training on what to do in an emergency. In just a few hours, you and other members of your staff can be certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED use with access to additional training materials for recertification in the future.
Manufacturers Training Videos
While not a substitute for in-person training by a certified professional, many AED manufacturers have training videos on how to use their devices. These videos and other training materials can be found on the manufacturer’s website, or sometimes as an enclosure when you purchase an AED. The main benefit to this type of training is that it is device specific. You are learning what to do in an emergency on the machine you would use in that case.
Local Medical Centers
Many local hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical centers offer periodic first aid, CPR and AED training. In these settings, medical professionals are able to teach you what they wish you knew about basic lifesaving techniques. Often, these community outreach programs are administered by federal grants, but occasionally it is possible to contract with a local medical professional who is willing to offer this type of training.
Regardless of where you find training on first aid, CPR and AED use, it is essential to maintain a working knowledge of this critical information. CPR regulations change frequently. First aid guidelines often depend on the type of first aid kit that is available. Even AED’s must periodically be serviced with the disposable parts replaced. Since few organizations have a full-time AED coordinator, those who have taken on this extra responsibility must stay vigilant about training on and maintain their devices. After all, it is a matter of life and death.