Emergency rescuers like you may have been hoping to become CPR and AED certified. Many institutions are ready to help but it’s all up to you to chase the dream.
Professional rescuers are duty-bound to assist in the best way they can during medical emergencies. Therefore, it is only fitting that mastery of emergency response principles and techniques is achieved. Programs for this group of professionals are designed for in-depth learning with much emphasis on AED and CPR.
The program is structured specifically for those who primarily respond to medical emergencies as a professional rescuer. The dispensation of their duties assures that apart from First Aid treatment, victims who may have suffered cardiac arrest also receive immediate and proper CPR while the medical team is on their way to the scene.
Professionals who are likely participants in the program may include Lifeguards, EMT personnel, flight crews, firefighters, lifeguards, nurses, and law enforcement agents.
If you’re a professional rescuer about to enroll in this program, here are some of the basics you are expected to learn:
• How to spot cardiac arrest and other emergency conditions among different age groups
• CPR techniques with and without a partner
• Proper use of automated external defibrillator on victims who had cardiac arrest
• Proper use of protective gear and equipment to prevent diseases from spreading
• How to make an initial evaluation
• Proper disposal of protective hand gloves
• How to use bag valve masks, including breathing barriers when conducting ventilations
• How to handle choking in both conscious and unconscious victims
• Handling victims in precarious conditions including pregnant women
• Legal implications of emergency response
Different programs will have varying time periods but for this type it will usually eat up merely 5 to 6 hours of your time. Teaching approaches include lectures, classroom discussions, video presentations, hands-on sessions, among others.
Some of our CPR classes use the Red Cross Blended Learning format, which makes the class much shorter.
Reading materials about CPR, AED, glove disposal, child and adult evaluation, proper position of the victim when in recovery, providing ventilation using a bag valve mask, handling choking victims whether in a conscious or unconscious, and other related topic.
Red Cross and AHA classes provide you with CPR/AED manuals that you can take with you.
Advice on written or online exams
As a trainee, you should be able to take down the gist of every session that you will go through. Online or otherwise, it is much easier to recall what you have learned when you have bullet points of the whole topic.
For instance, your instructor has just finished discussing child and adult chain of survival. He has taught you the distinguishing characteristics of each. However, you have learned that the most glaring difference is that survival for the young should have started with preventing accidents or injuries from happening. This is just one of the many key points you could take note of.
It is possible that a test question would simply ask you to identify the initial stage of child chain of survival or, the other way around. You’ll be asked which of the given answers is wrong and the reason it shouldn’t be in that list. If you have reviewed using your key points, It will be easier for you to recall ideas no matter how the test questions have been structured.
One good advice is to listen carefully which ideas are being repeated by the instructor. You don’t have to write down a lot of ideas. Just sift through the information being discussed, weed out the not-so-important ones, and pay attention to what is being emphasized for these should go into your key points list.
On the other hand, statistics typically discussed in class may include the following:
• Number of compressions for every two breaths administered by one and two rescuer CPR whether it’s a child or an infant;
• Rate (per minute) at which compressions are administered;
• Depth of compression for adults; and
• Length (in seconds) at which breaths should be administered
• These data are important for professional rescuers and so knowing which ones will come out in your exams is a matter of good judgment. Again, if these numbers become part of the discussion, then it is likely that they will appear in your exam.
These data are important for professional rescuers and so knowing which ones will come out in the exams also rests on your good judgment. Again, if these numbers become part of the discussion, then it is likely that they will appear in the tests.
On the day of exams
Read the test questions carefully. If you are in too much hurry to give an answer, chances are you might be giving way to more incidents of carelessness. Many exam answers have been marked wrong because examinees fail to notice qualifiers such as “except for”, “without”, and “not’’.
If instructors won’t mind, it would help if you could strike out the obviously wrong answers. As you are left with fewer options, decision making would be a lot easier.
Questions about your own personal safety could also arise. If you have taken the course or prior First Aid training, you know that the correct response is to keep yourself away from danger first.
Testing your skills
During the practice sessions, you must take note of all the feedback your instructor has given you. So when it comes to the CPR testing proper, you are able to adjust your responses based on comments from someone who has actually seen your performance.
Keep calm and proceed at a composed methodical manner. Do not make the mistake of just memorizing the steps in a rescue procedure. You have to understand why step 2 is ahead of step 3, and so on. By doing so, it will be easier to recall the process sequentially.
If you follow the advice about taking notes, the importance of memorizing and understanding, application of feedback, and even keeping composed, you might ace your professional rescuer training and eventually get certified.
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