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Learn to Save a Life: 10 Free Online First Aid Resources

First Aid KitThis is a guest post by Michelle Fabio. Personally, I am heartened to see  association and nonprofit online education initiatives at the top of the list. This is a great post to bookmark for future reference and share. Use the links at the bottom of the post to do that easily.  – JTC

Would you know what to do if someone (or a pet!) was severely injured, had trouble breathing, or started choking in front of you? That is, do you know basic first aid or how to do Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

You never know when you might find yourself in emergency medical situation, which means that you should know at least basic first aid techniques. The good news is that now it’s easier than ever to learn as there are many great free online first aid courses and resources; some even give you the opportunity to become certified in CPR and AED right from the comfort of your home.

Here is a list of 10 of the best free online first aid resources:

1. American Heart Association e-Learning: Lots of information on heart emergencies with basic First Aid, CPR, and AED courses (for a small fee) that can be completed anytime, anywhere; also has a Pocket First Aid & CPR iPhone application.

2. American Veterinary Medical Association Pet First Aid: Printable information on how to deal with small and large pet emergencies from poisoning and seizures to broken bones and heatstroke.

3. CPR Dude: Run by an American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid instructor, this site offers lots of information presented in a fun, interactive way.

4. FirstAid4All: Comprehensive resource with information on dealing with emergencies like choking, absence of heartbeat or breathing, poisoning, sunstroke, and electric shock as well as with accidents like burns, cuts, fractures, dislocations, bruises, bleeding, and foreign objects in the eyes or ears; also provides a checklist so you can create your own first aid kit to keep handy.

5. First Aid Web: Offers free self-guiding CPR and First Aid courses with regular quizzes to chart your progress; note in order to receive certification, there is a fee.

6. Health World Online: Instructions for dealing with many different kinds of accidents and emergency situations including animal and insect bites, fainting, frostbite, hyperventilation, seizures, splinters, and more.

7. Kids Health: Great for parents, the First Aid & Safety section covers how to prevent and respond to emergencies at home, outdoors, and also away from home.

8. Mayo Clinic: Lots of information on how to deal with accidents and emergencies, including corneal scratches, chemical splashes, head trauma, snake and tick bites, and nosebleeds; also tips on making your own first aid kit.

9. University of Washington School of Medicine: Includes instruction on first aid for choking, standard CPR, hands-only CPR, CPR for children and infants, and CPR for pets; also printable instructions, videos, fun facts, and even iPhone and Android applications.

10. Waveland Fire Department: Offers guidance on CPR procedures and the Heimlich Maneuver for choking victims, including helpful diagrams and illustrations.

Guest post by Michelle Fabio, About.com Guide to Law School, who also writes about online nursing classes at OnlineNursingClasses.com.

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CPR Instructor says

CPR/AED training is second nature when its used on a regular basis, but for the magority of people, the skills diminish quickly. At the very least a refresher course should be taken once a year!

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John Perkins says

CPR is often so overlooked. It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is. It’s not just simply another form of being ready, it’s a way to be ready to save a life. I love these resource links, thanks for sharing.

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Almost a Registered Nurse says

The medical field is very much a hands on field. Like the previous poster stated, “online first aid classes are a great way to get started”. Practicing on “Annie” is valuable experience. Check out the Red Cross

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Studying to Be A LPN says

The online first aid classes are a great way to get started. In my opinion its still better to get “classroom” trained if possible. I started as an online student, but had to switch to a campus program. I am a hands-on learner.

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dr.huma says

exellent website for healthcare professionals

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