Essential Supplies to Bring to Your First Aid Training


Let’s face it, accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important to know how to give first aid until professional medical help arrives. Here are five easy tips for giving first aid ACLS in an emergency situation.

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Give First Aid in an Emergency

  1. If the person is unconscious, call 911 and begin CPR if you are trained. If not, have someone else call for help as you begin CPR.
  2. If the person is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage. Elevate the wound if possible.
  3. If the person has a suspected broken bone, splint the bone to immobilize it. Do not try to align the bone before splinting it.
  4. If the person is having a seizure, protect them from injury and do not try to hold them down. Time the seizure and call 911 if it lasts longer than five minutes.
  5. If the person is choking, have them cough or perform the Heimlich maneuver if you are trained.

Preparing for a First Aid Class: What You Need.

First aid classes are not just for those who work in medicine. They are also helpful for anyone who needs basic training, such as parents and caregivers, teachers, babysitters, and camp counselors. If you plan to attend a first aid class or need to prepare for one, here is some information about what you will need:

  1. A notebook and pen or pencil to take notes during the class.
  2. Clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for the weather, including closed-toe shoes that can get dirty if necessary.
  3. Any medications you may require during class time (for example, if you have allergies) so they can be administered appropriately by the trainer in case of an emergency situation.
  4. A small first aid kit specifically for your class that contains the basics, such as bandages, alcohol wipes, and adhesive tape.
  5. Water to stay hydrated during long classes or classes that take place outdoors in hot weather.
  6. Snacks if you might need them between meals due to a long first aid class or one that takes place at an odd time of day. For example, some people may not be able to eat prior to an 8 AM first aid class on a Saturday morning. A small snack can help tide you over until lunchtime when you can have a full meal.

First aid classes provide essential training for anyone who wants to be prepared in case of an emergency situation. Whether you are attending one as part of your job or simply to be prepared as a parent or caregiver, it is important to have the appropriate tools and supplies on hand.

Some things you may need for your first aid class include a notebook and pen or pencil for taking notes, clothing that is comfortable and weather-appropriate, medications for allergies or other medical needs, a small first aid kit with bandages, alcohol wipes, and adhesive tape, water to drink during long classes or those that take place outdoors in hot weather, snacks if needed between meals due to an early or long class.

In the end

Remember, these tips are only meant to be used in an emergency situation where professional medical help is not readily available. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and call 911 for help.