First Aid Skills Beyond CPR, And Why They’re Important

You think you know First Aid. Maybe you took a CPR course in high school. But is it enough?

You think you know First Aid. Maybe you took a CPR course back in high school when you were going out for that lifeguarding job. But is it enough? “CPR is only one component in a chain of events that needs to occur when someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest,” says Jason Goldberg, founder of Accel Health and Safety.

If you really want to be handy in a crisis, Accel Health and Safety offers classes in adult and pediatric CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) use, and First Aid. The twist: Goldberg, teaches his classes at private homes, for small groups of four to eight people. He brings all the equipment to your house, and a four- to five-hour session covers everything from EpiPen use to recognizing the signs of a heart attack or stroke.“If I can remove one hurdle [to learning First Aid]—leaving your home and going to a facility—then it’s a wonderful thing to do, because you can save the life of a loved one,” he says.

Goldberg can also host a “CPaRty,” where a measurement device is connected to the CPR mannequin and participant stats are projected on a wall or flat-screen TV, video-game style, inviting friendly competition. “I trained one of the Girl Scout troops in Chappaqua that way,” he says. “They got into it.”

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