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K-State Today

June 20, 2013



Learn about first aid and CPR training available for campus community

By Lisa Linck

Twenty-five percent of emergency room visits could be avoided if people knew basic first aid and CPR.

Everyone should be able to perform first aid because most people eventually will find themselves in a home or work situation requiring it, either for another person or for themselves.

  • First aid is the immediate help given to a victim of injury or sudden illness by a bystander until appropriate medical help arrives or the victim is seen by a healthcare provider. 
  • First aid is generally not all the treatment the person needs, but it helps the victim for the short time before advanced care begins. 
  • First aid can mean the difference between life and death, between temporary and permanent disability, between rapid recovery and long hospitalization. 

Most first aid is straightforward and does not require extensive training or equipment. However, with first aid training and a basic first aid kit, a person can perform first aid to meet the needs of almost any situation. 

According to the National Safety Council’s 2011 edition of Injury Facts, an estimated 90,300 or 70 percent of all unintentional-injury deaths occurred in the home and community. Another 30,500,000 people suffered injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted. About one out of 10 people experienced an unintentional injury in the home and community and about one out of 3,500 people died from such an injury. The five leading causes of unintentional-injury deaths in home and community are poisoning, falls, choking, drowning and fires/flames. 

At Lafene Health Center you can become certified in American Heart Association first aid and CPR training. Part one is avilable online, and part two is the skills practice and testing available at Lafene. Contact the Health Promotion department at 532-6595 to make an appointment. The cost is $25 for students and $35 for faculty and staff.

The following are additional sources for first aid and CPR training: