It has been a while since the last time I had first aid training, but luckily I was able to renew it! The timing couldn’t be more perfect, specifically because it is officially summer time and the park is only getting busier. One of the fellow park rangers at Yaquina Head taught the course and I gotta say, I had lots of fun learning and reviewing information.

The main topics we went over were CPR, AED use, and basic first aid protocol. CPR is used in response to someone who is not breathing or has had a heart attack. It combines providing breaths and administering chest compressions. The general rule is 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths to follow, and hopefully the person will respond after a few rounds of this. We were able to practice this on dummies that we put together and again on another dummy that was able to measure how efficiently we were administering the compressions. We were also able to practice on an infant dummy. Everyone got the opportunity to try this out as well as use the AED machine. The AED measures the heart rhythm of an individual and depending on the condition may administer a shock. We also talked about basic first aid and how to apply bandages to specific wounds, including how to apply a tourniquet in case of an amputation.

I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to take this course. I feel much more confident in my skills and my ability to respond well to a medical emergency. Hopefully, it will never come to this, but at least I am prepared now.

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