First Aid is defined as the medical attention that is given to an ill or injured person before medical experts arrive on the scene.This course follows Nationally Accepted guidelines and is valid for 2 years.
Chapter 3: Safety Precautions
It is important to always check the scene and ensure your safety first. Remember that dialing 9-1-1 is one of the most important steps you can take to save another’s life.
- Your safety is first, so leave the scene if you are at risk.
- While helping the victim, protect yourself from transmission of possible diseases. **This is extremely relevant now with the current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is actively impacting many people.
- Use preventive breathing barriers / personal protective equipment (PPE) when available. Cloth masks should be used for protection during COVID-19 when other PPE is not available or there is a shortage in your area. [View Tip]
- Try to cover your own cuts, sores, wounds, and any skin conditions with a bandage before responding.
- Use disposable gloves to avoid direct contact with blood / bodily fluids. [View Tip for Glove Removal]
- Washing your hands properly is extremely important. Always use soap and water after removing your gloves.[View Tip]
- If you suspect that a victim has suffered a spinal or neck injury, do not move or shake the victim.
Other General Safety Measures:
- Post important emergency numbers near your phone i.e., local emergency contact, poison control center, your physician, and etc.
- Adopt all safety measures when driving or riding a motor vehicle.
- Install and/or check smoke alarm in your home. Be sure to check and change batteries periodically.
- Keep flashlights and fire extinguishers where they are easily accessible, and out of the reach of children.
- Keep all chemical, medicines, hazardous, poisonous, and flammable material in a secured place and away from a child’s reach.
- Practice safe firearms storage, handling, and education.