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Why Are We Teaching Red Cross Classes?

By: Caroline Moncure

With our Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course coming up in San Francisco on November 3rd, I wanted to take a second to talk about why we're targeting manual therapists for this course.

As I've been training to become a Licensed Training Provider for the American Red Cross, I've asked my students and peers what our responsibility is when it comes to healthcare emergencies that happen in our practice.

I found that most individuals felt that they would want to do everything they could to help their clients, especially my peers who have older clients that they've been working with for a long time, but almost none had pursued any training to give them the knowledge and skills to offer anything more than calling 9-1-1. Some had even responded that a healthcare emergency had happened in their practice and they didn't know what to do!

It can be a weird feeling preparing for the worst. It's much easier to push those worries aside and think, "That will never happen to me." But the reality is, it might, and wouldn't you rather be educated to help your clients to the best of your ability if it did?

After learning the material that we'll be covering in our upcoming Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training on November 3rd, I don't have to worry about feeling unprepared anymore.

I know how to tell if a client is having a stroke and what I need to do.

I know what to do if a client has a seizure on my table.

I know when I need to call 9-1-1 and how to respond if my client loses consciousness.

And yes, I also learned a few skills that aren't as relevant to my practice, like how to help someone who experiences heat stroke or hypothermia or how to respond when someone is heavily bleeding. But I can save those skills for walking the streets of San Francisco, or attending my nieces and nephews sporting events, lol!

What I've found is that I could apply 90% of what I learned in this training to things that could easily happen in what I consider to be the safety of my private practice.

I encourage you to join us on November 3rd to get your First Aid/CPR/AED certificate from the American Red Cross (valid for 2 years). We'll take time to discuss how to personalize the required standardized curriculum presented by this American Red Cross training and make it easy to integrate into your existing business. Check out all the details here!


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