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A new first aid training model in a post-9/11 world

Given the likelihood of an increased volume of natural disasters, technological catastrophes, pandemics, and terrorist events it is time to reconsider our existing first aid training model. At present, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, routinely offer first aid training to first responders as well as to the general public. However, this approach is no longer enough. A key challenge is the small number of people who are trained to provide both medical and psychological intervention. We would be well served by using an effective training model use in public schools by local fire departments.A first aid training program should be incorporated into upper middle school curriculum with yearly recertification required. The proposed model should not be solely limited to medical first aid, but should also include training in psychological and mental health first aid. A basic premise of first aid is that appropriate, early intervention can mitigate functional impairment and reduce the potential for more serious and enduring health problems that require formal treatment. A comprehensive first aid program is critical as most natural and human-caused disasters result in a high incidence of psychological and not physical casualties. Just as medical first aid may save lives or offset more serious medical complications, psychological first aid has the potential to mitigate serious mental health consequences and build resilience. Moreover, delivery of psychological first aid in tandem with medical intervention would not only be feasible but highly desirable.

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Submitted by lmb 1 year ago

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  1. A basic premise of first aid is that appropriate, early intervention can mitigate functional impairment and reduce the potential for more serious and enduring health problems that require formal treatment. Medical first aid may save lives or offset more serious medical complications. However, Psychological first aid has the potential to mitigate serious mental health consequences and build resilience but should only be rendered by medical and psychology qualified individuals in crises intervention units.

    1 year ago
  2. I was torn over which way to vote on this idea. The details aren't perfect (as noted above) but the concept has merit. Another "Well... ummm.... Maybe" aspect is the notion of adding yet another mandate to our school programs. I decided to support the concept after considering that although we already have too many non-academic subjects in the typical middle school curriculum, I could easily see first aid being more useful than much of the content of current "Health" education.

    1 year ago
  3. There is nothing flawed with the current First Aid / CPR skills taught by the American Red Cross. Bear in mind it is immediate and temporary care. Stopping bleeding, administering CPR early can definitely ease the work load of higher trained EMS personnel

    1 year ago
  4. Our Florida Crisis Consortium (affiliated with ESF-8) is a group of medical and disaster response agencies working together to be prepared and respond in case of disasters. Some are compassionate care responders, some are medically and mental health professionals. All are required to have psychological first aide training, diversity training and responder psychological compassionate fatigue training. In general, the FCC here is affiliated with the Dept. of Health. This is a very effective group of well trained professionals ready to support the state EOC, Counties and the community in case of disasters.

    1 year ago
  5. Another interesting point from Florida Dept. of Education: High School students are required to have a credit of Health Education which includes a CPR training.

    1 year ago