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Learning More First Aid

Graduates of Safewest first aid training courses learn lifesaving skills for the most common emergencies encountered both in the workplace and outside of work. Our training programs present a simple skillset that is easy to learn and straightforward to implement during an emergency. The value of simple training cannot be understated. The reality is that most lay responders ("normal" people who are not medical professionals) will not commit to frequent enough review, nor have sufficient opportunities for real-world practice to maintain a more advanced skillset. Remember that all knowledge is perishable, and skills are particularly difficult to remember under the stress and pressure of a life-or-death situation. 

However, for those sufficiently inquisitive and committed individuals who want to take their knowledge to the next level, here are some recommendations on where to go next.

If you want to improve your CPR skills: Try a healthcare-provider CPR training. This will teach more advanced CPR techniques (such as compressions with breaths) and more nuanced patient assessment skills like pulse checks that are used by professional rescuers. Look for a "BLS for Healthcare Providers" or "CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers" course taught by the American Red Cross at their office location. Avoid compressed-format or online hybrid courses.
Time Commitment: half day
Average Cost: $50-$90

If you want to learn skills to help children and infants: Try a infants and children specific training class that covers "pediatric" emergencies. While many first aid skills are similar, the steps of CPR and choking are different for children than for adults, and it's good to learn the difference. Look for a course that will allow you to practice on infant and child size manikins. 
Time Commitment: half day
Average Cost: $50-$90

If you want to improve your overall first aid knowledge, particularly for outdoor activities: Try a wilderness first aid class. Even for those who aren't avid hikers or backpackers, a wilderness first aid course will teach your more advanced skills useful in urban settings. These courses usually offer multiple realistic practice scenarios, which help hone your skills and build confidence. You will also learn how to improvise first aid supplies in an emergency. There are a variety of providers of these courses; we recommend the curriculums offered by WMA, NOLS-WMI, SOLO, RMI or WMO.
Time Commitment: 2-3 days
Average Cost: $200-$500
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