No matter who you are or what you do, first aid is an extremely valuable set of skills that everyone would benefit from learning. First aid is medical assistance that is given to someone who suffers from a sudden illness or injury. The goal of first aid is to prevent the condition from getting worse, promote a speedy recovery, and preserve the patient’s life. First aid is often used as initial medical assistance while waiting for professional help to arrive. Because it takes ambulances several minutes to arrive on the scene, it is very important for everyone to learn basic first aid.
American Red Cross offers basic first aid classes to anyone who is interested in taking them. In addition to first aid, these courses are also combined with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training. With the combined knowledge of first aid, CPR, and AED usage, anyone can learn how to immediately treat someone in an emergency while professional help is on the way.
After successfully completing the training class, you will receive official certification for first aid, CPR, and AED. The official certificate is sent as a digital copy that you can access anytime and anywhere from any of your digital devices. You can then view, download, share, and print your official transcript whenever you feel like it.
Red Cross’ first aid, CPR, and AED courses are OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliant. The classes are affordable and available at the different times. You can even choose between taking the course in-persona, online, or using our Simulated Learning program. No matter how you take the class, you will receive certification.
Why should I bother to learn first aid?
Here are a few good reasons why you should consider learning first aid:
- An accident or injury could happen at any time.
- It could happen to someone that you know and care about.
- It can improve the chances of survival for the person who needs it.
- First aid knowledge can improve your employability.
- You will be able to act quicker during an emergency. Every second counts!
- It will improve your confidence on how to react during an emergency situation.
American Red Cross also offers team first aid exercises. The instructor first gives an emergency scenario to the participants. The participants then split up into smaller groups. The groups will then role-play the scenario and assign roles so that everybody gets the chance to act as a responder. The instructor then observes the performance and provides feedback. Afterwards, a new scenario is chosen and the groups work together once again.
Whatever your reasons for learning first aid are, you can be sure that the knowledge and skills you gain from our training courses will be well worth your time. Combined with the knowledge of CPR and AED usage, your first aid skills could potentially save someone’s life some day. That alone is worth signing up for one of our classes and becoming certified.