Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saving people all day

I have spent all day (8 am to 5 pm) learning about pediatric first aid and CPR (as I've written about before). It was a long, but pretty interesting day. The teacher was an experienced EMT (Emergency Response Technician) with lots of (horrible) stories to tell.

So now I've done ABC on mannequin adults and plastic babies, helped choking adults and infants. I'm now a certified something (CPRist??). At least for two years, then my certification expires...

I'm really glad I took this class. The rest of the students hated me. They mostly were there to renew their 2-year certifications and had done this numerous times before. And I kept on raising my hand asking questions on how to handle burns and what really happens when the EMS arrives (Emergency Response Service) and so on.

Oh, well. I hope I never have a reason to practice what I learned but I sure feel more ready! Hopefully no one will choke in my kitchen! (considering the amount of cooking I do, that risk was pretty low in the first place...).



5 comments:

britgirl said...

I really got to do that course. Is it just a one day thing?
I did some of that at school with the dummies and it was definetly thought provoking.
The way I cook there's a pretty big chance that someone might choke on the food I make! Lol!

Annika said...

LÄNGE sen jag tog en sådan kurd, tror det var 96, precis innan K föddes. Skulle verkligen behöva fräscha upp den...

SweFlo said...

Samam här, tog en sådan kurs med Röda Korset 1996, skulle nog vara bra att piffa upp kunskaperna lite! Fast de räddade vår HUND från att kvävas, jag gjorde bebis CPR på en av dem en gång...

JaCal said...

Britgirl - it was 8-5 - so yes, a full day. I liked it a lot and learned a lot! It's through the city and you can easily sign up in the SportsComplex on one of your walks. They do the same class several times each semester.

Annika - ja, det var en bra kurs. Tror aldrig jag övat på "dummies" - bara i teorin. Mycket nyttigt!

Sweflo - aha - du ser! Man vet aldrig när man kan behöva! ;-)

Dosiss said...

I've attended two classes this year and I realized that I only could manage 10 minutes of CPR. It's exhausting!!!!!