First Aid & CPR
First Aid & CPR
by Rick Curtis
A critical part of OA leader training is competence and confidence in dealing with emergency situations. The Wilderness First Aid and CPR instructors teach the core skills of patient care and assessment, and judgement and decision making for the field treatment of emergency situations.
CPR Instructors teach the 3 hour American Heart Association CPR course to OA leaders and other members of the University community. In order to become a CPR Instructor you must complete the CPR Instructor Course.
This is a presentation on common Climbing Injuries for the arm, wrist and hand.
HEART Wilderness First Aid Class reading material.
When leading an OA trip, all leaders must hold valid CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications for the duration of the trip. For many students, leading Senior year requires going through the recertification process.
American Heart Association (AHA) CPR, which OA teaches, offers a 2-year CPR certification. To recertify, you can either take another AHA CPR course through OA, or become certified through another organization, such as the American Red Cross.
OA First Aid
Whether you want to be prepared for an emergency on campus, at home, or when traveling in the wilderness, make sure you have the proper training to safeguard yourself and others. CPR and an approved wilderness first aid course can help prepare you to handle a first aid emergency.
Understanding how to use epinephrine in the treatment of anaphylactic reactions due to insect bites or food allergies can be an immediate life-saving measure. Under the NJ Higher Education Epinephrine Emergency Treatment Act colleges in New Jersey are permitted to train students and others to provide epinephrine injections in the event of a life-threatening emergency. All OA Leaders are required to complete this training.
HEART (Health Education and Rescue Training) Wilderness First Aid is an intensive course that covers patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. Hands-on simulations provide first-hand training in treating patients.
CPR is one of the core Leader Training requirements. OA teaches both Adult CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS). Certification in adult CPR is all that is required for OA Leaders and includes CPR and Automatic Electronic Defibrillation (AED) training from the American Heart Association. OA also teaches a more advanced course--Basic Life Support (BLS) which includes CPR for Adults, Infants and Children as well as AED. This course is a requirement for lifeguards, EMTs and Wilderness First Responders. Both certifications are good for 2 years.
See the OA TripStore for dates and times and to sign up.