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What does a medical first responder course include?
January 4, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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The emergency medical responder field will always be needed in our society. There are accidents every day in communities across the country that require emergency responders to provide first aid and pre-hospital care to patients. If you’re considering a career as an EMT or paramedic but aren’t sure it’s right for you, working as a medical first responder is a great way to get a taste of the certification and learn more about the job. At Mobile Medical Response, we offer medical first responder courses to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the job. Read our guide below to learn more about what these courses include.

First aid training

The ability to administer first aid is the most important part of a medical first responder’s (MFR) job. Your MFR course will go through the basics of first aid and teach you how to care for a person as the first one on the scene. As an MFR, you’re likely to be the first person to come across an injured individual, so the knowledge of assessing injuries, triaging multiple people in an accident, and stabilizing those who need help. You’ll be taught how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use automated external defibrillators (AED), fracture immobilization, airway control, and more.

CPR

CPR is performed by medical first responders when an individual’s heart has stopped beating. As an MFR, you might come across someone who has had a heart attack or cardiac arrest. In this case, it’s necessary to administer chest compressions to help get their heart started again. Emergency breaths are often administered in addition to chest compressions for a person who has stopped breathing. Part of performing chest compressions and emergency breathing is ensuring that the airway isn’t blocked, as blowing into someone’s airway can cause the blockage to get lodged deeper in the trachea.

AED training

Chest compressions are a solution until a patient’s heart starts beating again, or someone can bring an AED. An AED is used to send an electrical charge through the heart to help it reset and start beating properly once again. However, it’s important to understand the proper placement of the pads and the concept behind their use. If used