Ten Health and Safety Courses Available to the General Public 1. CPR/First Aid/AED Training by American Red Cross
Description: Course on providing immediate care in medical, breathing, or cardiac emergencies until advanced personnel arrive. Focus on common emergencies such as burns, cuts, and head/neck/back injuries, as well as and breathing emergencies and adults (pediatric also available) and how to respond in each unique situation. Course length is 2-5 hours and certification is valid for two years. Importance: This is one of the most important classes offered to the public. Given that so many people die of heart related illness/heart attack, choking is so common, and that people can get hurt anywhere at any given time, it seems natural that even everyday people should be equipped with skills necessary to give aid and potentially save a life. People who take this course will be well educated and able to potentially prevent more serious issues, such as identifying symptoms of a heart attack. This course allows the general public to make a difference and is a huge asset to medics who cannot always be on the scene immediately.
2. Wilderness and Remote First Aid by American Red Cross
Description: This course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies in remote areas when professional help may be far away. Covers topics such as burns, hypothermia, bone and joint injuries, allergies, anaphylaxis, spinal injuries, and altitude sickness. Perfect for scouts and leaders, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, or anyone who works in the wilderness regularly. Must be at least 14 years old and hold CPR/AED certification. Course length is 16 hours and certification is valid for two years. Importance: People who take this course will likely be people who spend a great deal of time in the wilderness and these skills will be very useful to them. Nature is uncontrollable and has potential to be very dangerous, accidents can occur at any time even if someone is properly trained. Being skilled in wilderness emergencies allows a person to be more secure in their situations no matter the location or surroundings. It is also crucial because in far-out locations it can take awhile for medics to arrive and knowledge of how to care for an injured or sick person while waiting can be a matter of life and death.
3. Bloodborne Pathogens Training by American Red Cross
Description: Educational class to teach lifeguards, first responders, healthcare workers, or any other person who may be at risk to exposure about blood and bodily fluids that can cause illness and infection. Topics include preventing exposure through practice, protective equipment, hygiene, and disinfecting, as well as how to recognize and report exposures to possible bloodborne pathogens. Course length is two hours and certification is valid for one year. Importance: Education regarding blood diseases and pathogens is something everyone should learn, because it is a true threat to people who work or assist in health and safety. Knowledge about how these diseases, how to prevent infection, and how they travel is crucial to keeping people safe. Every person should understand basic hygiene and disinfection, as well as the risks associated with dealing with blood and bodily fluids. It’s important to know how to protect yourself and prevent any possible accidents or complications should you ever be put in a situation where such transmission becomes a risk.
4. Lifeguard Certification by American Red Cross
Description: Through videos, discussion, practice, and teamwork skills for rescue and surveillance are presented and learned. First Aid and CPR/AED skills are present in this course as well. Courses are tailored to either waterparks or waterfronts. Specific topics include injury prevention, facility safety, surveillance, rescue skills, victim assessment, and care for head, neck, and spinal injuries. Must be at least 15 years old and pass the prerequisite swim examination in order...
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