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#1 Stupendous Walrus

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:36 PM

First aid kit and items are essential to many of us, but there are messy political and legal reasons that may arise from treating OTHERS with your first aid kit, so who here has training?

 

I know where I live, having an appropriate accrediation from a group such as St. John Ambulance or the Red Cross brings with it a certain level of legal autonomy, providing you follow certain rules. I'm interested to hear what levels of training you all have.

 

I'm in the process of renewing my first aid with CPR and AED, and I found that one of the colleges here does a weekend supplementary course to first aid training for Advanced Wound Care, and there is also a first aid course available in Ontario for dealing with mental health crisis, which is a type of first response care that is severely lacking around these parts.


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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:29 PM

I'm certified in CPR and AED. Since I'm a baseball and football coach, my school makes us get that certification and re-cert every year. The course is the same each time and a little boring, but it's always a great refresher! 


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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:29 PM

CPR and AED here.  Advanced wound care does sound like a nice addition.  I find that it's difficult to recall everything I learned in the class since I don't have enough (any) practical application.  The knowledge goes into "cold storage" and then has to be retrieved once trouble occurs.  I've read back through the book a couple times, but until I'm in a situation that warrants use of this training, it'll be difficult to gauge what that experience will be like.


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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:50 PM

I'm certified in CPR and AED. Since I'm a baseball and football coach, my school makes us get that certification and re-cert every year. The course is the same each time and a little boring, but it's always a great refresher!

  
You I figured would have tese types of qualifications due to your job.

CPR and AED here.  Advanced wound care does sound like a nice addition.  I find that it's difficult to recall everything I learned in the class since I don't have enough (any) practical application.  The knowledge goes into "cold storage" and then has to be retrieved once trouble occurs.  I've read back through the book a couple times, but until I'm in a situation that warrants use of this training, it'll be difficult to gauge what that experience will be like.

I've used my training a couple times in non-life threatening situations that still required hospital trips, and the necessities came back fairly quickly.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:08 AM

I'm a state certified EMT in PA and a current nursing student.  I have some advanced training due to working with military medics and online seminars I have been a part of.  If fit hits the shan while I'm hiking with someone or something like that I'm doing everything I know how to do.  

 

When it comes to 1st aid on the street, PA has the good Samaritan act which protects you from lawsuits while acting within your scope of practice.  SO although I have some assessments and procedures I can do in the hospital as a student, those same procedures could end with a big fine and lawsuit on the street.  so when it it comes to John Doe on the street, you are getting what I can do under my EMT.  


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:20 AM

We have the good Samaritan act here as well.  You are protected from law suits as long as you try to help within your capacity.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:29 AM

Something I've been wanting to do is take the WMI wilderness first responder course, it's a weeklong course that takes you through everything you need to know to respond to a backcountry emergency. Since I backpack and rock climb I figure that it would probably be something I'll neeed to use at some point.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:41 AM

Something I've been wanting to do is take the WMI wilderness first responder course, it's a weeklong course that takes you through everything you need to know to respond to a backcountry emergency. Since I backpack and rock climb I figure that it would probably be something I'll neeed to use at some point.


Ditto on that, Caleb.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

I'm a Vet, so by Portuguese law I can act as an MD in extreme circumstances. That being said, I wouldn't like to have to perform an emergency tracheotomy unless I really have to.

 

But with the Kershaw, Parker Jotter and some Vodka someone would be breathing again...


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#10 Stupendous Walrus

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 06:40 PM

Awesome stuff guys. Also, thanks Parker and Vasco for what you do.

 

I enjoyed doing work-mandated first aid enough that I started paying out of pocket for more levels of training. I would also like to do some wilderness survival/medicine training this summer.


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:23 PM

Survival training I got. More than I wanted. Medical training is rough and basic, and not pretty. 


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 02:06 AM

With regard to the legal difficulties of delivering emergency medical treatment. In the UK given my level of medical training and as a nurse I can be taken to court if I don't step in. I am obliged to intervene.
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Posted 10 March 2015 - 12:59 PM

First aid kit and items are essential to many of us, but there are messy political and legal reasons that may arise from treating OTHERS with your first aid kit, so who here has training?

 

I know where I live, having an appropriate accrediation from a group such as St. John Ambulance or the Red Cross brings with it a certain level of legal autonomy, providing you follow certain rules. I'm interested to hear what levels of training you all have.

 

I'm in the process of renewing my first aid with CPR and AED, and I found that one of the colleges here does a weekend supplementary course to first aid training for Advanced Wound Care, and there is also a first aid course available in Ontario for dealing with mental health crisis, which is a type of first response care that is severely lacking around these parts.

I am certified as a St. Johns Ambulance First Aid, Level C with AED certification.


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