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Most first aid training classes focus on emergencies, those moments when a rescuer's intervention truly means the difference between life and death. Saving a life could be as dramatic as doing CPR, but almost always starts with a call to 911.
  1. CPR & the Heimlich Maneuver
  2. Calling for Help
  3. Heart Attacks
  4. Strokes and Seizures
  1. Shortness of Breath
  2. Poisoning
  3. Heat Illness
  4. Hypothermia and Frostbite

CPR & the Heimlich Maneuver

CPR

CPR is the cornerstone of emergency first aid. While there's no substitute for proper CPR training, the basic steps for Adult, child and infant CPR are all here, as well as how to respond to choking victims.

Calling for Help

Getting help during a life-threatening emergency should be as easy as calling 911, and it is. But sometimes, 911 can be more confusing than it should be.

Heart Attacks

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart attacks can happen suddenly, but don't have to be fatal. Recognizing a heart attack and reacting quickly can save a life.

Strokes and Seizures

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and there is almost no way to predict them. Advances in emergency medical care make strokes much more treatable, but you only have a small window of time to get help.

Shortness of Breath

There are few worse feelings than shortness of breath. Severe shortness of breath is a life-threatening emergency.

Poisoning

There are plenty of toxic chemicals around the house that can lead to serious poisoning.

Heat Illness

Too much sun and too much heat can lead to life-threatening illness. Learn to recognize and respond to heat illness.

Hypothermia and Frostbite

Frostbitten fingertips

Cold weather emergencies can lead to not only death, but loss of limbs as well.

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