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#1245    FIRST AID / CPR
Grades: 9-12        Elective        9 Weeks      Credit: 0.25

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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to treat a wide range of medical and traumatic emergencies which they are likely to encounter at some point, whether at school, home, or in public. Additionally, recognizing when to activate the emergency services and effectively communicate with dispatchers and healthcare providers is emphasized.

This course focuses on providing basic life support for victims of both medical and traumatic emergencies. Students will learn CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) competencies as well as treatment for choking emergencies for all ages, infant through adult. Other first aid areas covered are activation of the emergency services and treatment of hypoglycemia, syncope, stroke, seizure, shock, bleeding, burns, fractures/dislocations, spinal cord injury, heat and cold emergencies, animal bites and stings. All skill areas will be assessed by both written and practical evaluations.

Grades will be assigned based on successful completion of the practical and written tests in two American Heart Association certification courses. These include the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver First Aid. Completion of these courses also earns the student a certification through the AHA in both of those areas, valid for two years until recertification in required. Attendance and participation, as well as skill competency, in all areas are required for both grading and certification.