|My vest and cube marker|
We had training last week for the group. In the training we learned some basics (like CPR and First-Aide) and also company policies on how we handle various situations.
The training was a lot of fun and I totally enjoyed my group! An acquaintance of mine took the training at the same time and it gave me the opportunity to get to know her better - which I think was my absolute favorite part!
We also had some scenario training where they broke out the fake wounds, fake blood and bad acting. I got to be a victim - and my story was "I didn't know what it was!" I could totally picture my kids doing this...oh wait, they HAVE! OK - not the pencil-in-the-hand bit, but you know...doing something dumb and then giving that lame excuse.
Anyway...for my scenario I had to pass out and "stop breathing" shortly after I was attended too. That was FUN...I made them catch me. ;-) Luckily I was on the ground already. HAHA!
After two days of information overload (during what turned out to be a phenomenally busy time at work...which added to the stress), I am now officially an ERT member. Whenever there is an emergency I'll get a text on my phone and off I go. The biggest thing we learned is:
|Badge bling + bright vest = happy me!|
E nivronment. Check it out for hazards...you don't want to cause injury to yourself too. Don't forget to look UP!
T raffic. Be aware of it and keep an eye out for it!
U nknown. There could be additional hazards you aren't aware of!
P rotection. Be sure to put on appropriate equipment to protect you and the patient.
At least - that is what we practiced the most (besides CPR). I took pages of notes, but of course I'm at home and don't have any. Some of the statistics that I recall...
- If an AED (automated external defibrillator) is available, it increases the patients chances at living to 50%. We got to practice using one...they are easy as pie.
- When a patient's heart stops beating, there is a 4-6 minute window before the brain begins to suffer permanent damage. After 12 minutes, a miracle is required.
And one last tid bit...we talked about reasons people don't help. One that resonated with me was "What if I do more damage?" The bottom line is that when a person needs CPR, they are basically dead. It doesn't get much worse than that...
I'm pretty excited. As a graduate, I have an orange vest, an extra piece on my badge (so I'm easily recognized), and marker on my cube (so I can be easily found) and a huge fanny pack of supplies. I also have the satisfaction of knowing I get to do something a little more at work...and help others when they need it most!