When you work in the Emergency Medical Services for over 15 years as an advanced care
provider and a certified instructor, confidence in an emergency is everything.
The experience that I have under my belt allows me to share a few tips that I always encourage
my past students to remember when faced with an emergency.
So, let’s begin with my simple advice.
#3. Don't Panic
Easier said than done right, especially when it’s a loved one or a child involved. To help with thatoverwhelm ing feeling, take a deep breath, pause and then try to help. Look at what has happened for a few seconds and try to analyze the scene. These steps may take some practice, but not
panicking can become part of what you do in an emergency if you remind yourself regularly. If you are a first responder at work or in charge of a group of people, such as hikers or other sports clubs, they will look to you for help first. You have to have your game face on!
#2. Be Prepared By Having The Right Equipment and Training
Nothing will hurt you more than knowing what to do to help but not having the right equipment. What about not understanding what to do and caused further harm to the victim experiencing the emergency? I encourage everyone out there to become certified and don’t do it just for a
certificate, do it for knowledge and education to make the difference in saving a life. The essential pieces of equipment that can give you confidence are latex gloves, a CPR shield or mask, or even investing in a personal first aid bag that you can take with you where you go. This
tip is one of my favorites for creating absolute confidence in an emergency.
#1. Always Review Your Training. It Can Be With Others Who Are Training or Trained.
When you work in the Emergency Medical Services, it is only a matter of time before you gain experience for different emergencies you will encounter. It is quite different for those who do their training but do not experience any incidents (which is a good thing because no one is getting hurt) and now, easily can forget what they learnt weeks or months after, even years.
I suggest that as a brand new first aider, it is crucial to continually read, update and review what you have been training for as you will quickly forget it.
If you work together with other first responder teams, have monthly drills or skills reviews, so you don’t forget your steps. If you are at home, look for groups or other like-minded individuals to reach out to and review your skills and make it fun for everyone.
I hope these three tips can help you in creating confidence in an emergency. We at Life Cycle 360 do our part to help with this struggle as well. With all our First Aid and CPR training we offer, we design our exams in multiple-choice questions and a scenario-based skills exam. Using these methods has shown to bring about critical thinking and confidence for handling an emergency.
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I leave you guys with a snippet from one of our previous classes we did with a just rock-solid individual who showed confidence in his skill scenario.
Take care and until our next post!