My friend Danielle Strle invited me to join a First Aid and CPR workshop today in New York City.
It was five hours long and we each paid $105.
I’m glad that I went!
Find a class in your area here: Red Cross: CPR Classes in NYC
I learned many things such as:
- Yes, you can pump the chest to the song “Staying Alive.”
- You can also do it to the “Baby Shark” song.
- How to do CPR: 30 pumps, then 2 recovery breaths mouth-to-mouth (repeat)
- How to use an AED: that’s the defibrillator you see frequently now which can administer heart shocks to save someone from cardiac arrest!
- SAMPLE and FAST: acronyms in case of an emergency.
- How to use an EpiPen: stab it in someone’s leg if they go into anaphylactic shock.
The dummies that we tested on had digital lights which would blink when we were doing it right.
- Green lights = Good pressure, good pace.
- Red or yellow lights = Probably do it harder, and faster or slower.
What I learned:
- You really have to push hard!
- When you’re doing four sets of 30 pumps, plus two life-saving breaths = it is hard physical work!
- There are steps beforehand, such as: getting consent, yelling the person’s name (if you know it), and making sure someone calls emergency services before you start.
- Unless it is a baby that you just came across: do CPR on a baby who is non-responsive ASAP, then call 9-1-1.
Using An AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
In the event of cardiac arrest – NOT A HEART ATTACK – I am now trained in how to use this device.
First, I would administer CPR. Then I would (or a buddy would) place the patches on the bare skin.
I was surprised how the machine reads you the instructions aloud! They make it very easy.
First Aid: SAMPLE
These are the questions we are supposed to ask / investigate whenever we come across an emergency situation.
- S – Signs/Symptoms
- A – Allergies
- M – Medications
- P – Past Medical History
- L – Last Food / Drink
- E – Events Preceding
If you think that someone might be having a stroke, ask someone to do these three things.
Call emergency services if they exhibit any:
- F – Face (Smile! Look for drooping)
- A – Arms (Raise Both Your Arms, Look for drooping)
- S – Speech (Tell them to say a sentence, like: The sky is blue. Look for slurring)
- T – Time, start your watch and call emergency services
Support for Choking Victims
We also learned and demonstrated on each other how to save someone from choking.
These were some screenshots I snapped with my phone from the training videos about choking:
Hand placement = two fingers above the bellybutton.
Pull up and in VERY FIRMLY.
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