Basic First Aid
The American Heart Association approved course offers the interactive instructional approach with the use of a video/DVD. Actual examples of pertinent situations are included in the sessions. The primary message is to understand how to manage injury and/or illness until help arrives. First Aid basics; medical emergencies; environmental emergencies; and asthma care are included as topics. A short written exam is administered to reinforce cognitive understanding. The student instructor ratio is 1 to 10. Class length is approximately three and a half hours. Each participant is able to practice on a partner to feel at ease with bandaging and Epipen usage. An American Heart Association or an American Safety & Health Institute certification card will be issued upon completion of the course. The certification is valid for three years.
The training modules are divided into two parts: cognitive objectives, and psychomotor objectives.
1. Discuss first aid steps for medical emergencies to include breathing problems, diabetes, seizures, and shock.
2. Outline the first aid steps for injury emergencies to include bleeding; broken bones, sprains and bruises; burns and electrocution.
3. List the first aid steps for environmental emergencies such as bites and stings; poison emergencies.
4. Discuss optional topics including poisonous bites and eye injuries.
5. Review components of CPR.
1. Illustrate the correct way to remove protective gloves.
2. Use of an epinephrine pen.
3. Illustrate how to stop bleeding through class participation.
4. Bandage application over a dressing.
Heartsaver First Aid manuals are distributed to each participant.
(Rates do not represent income for the American Heart Association)