What do you learn in a first aid course?
First aid training gives you a variety of lifesaving skills for responding to many different emergency situations. In a first aid course you’ll learn about how to examine someone who’s been hurt, how to use a defibrillator, how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to control bleeding and trauma. Some courses include pediatric first aid as well as adult first aid; helping a choking infant, for example, is different from helping a choking adult. Although you can take CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) courses separately, most first aid training includes both.
In a first aid course you’ll also learn how to respond to:
- Wounds, including punctures, cuts and hemorrhages
- Heart attacks, chest pain and respiratory arrest
- Bone fractures, sprains and torn muscles
- First-, second- and third-degree burns
- Bites and stings
- Hypothermia or frostbite
- Shock and seizures