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 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.
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 incorrectly, an AED won’t do anything for the patient’s heart and will merely shock them. Additionally, AED training teaches safety for the responder administering the treatment and others around the patient.
It’s not uncommon for a minor fracture or dislocation to get worse when the bone or joint isn’t properly immobilized. In worst-case scenarios, broken bones can end up severing major arteries and making the problem much worse than it was initially. Proper fracture immobilization will help minimize the damage caused by an injury and provide some comfort level so the patient can get the bone properly reset or the joint put back in place at the hospital.
Ensuring that the airway is open and controlled is an important piece to providing first aid to a patient with trouble breathing. Much of airway control includes non-invasive techniques that can include abdominal thrusts, back blows, the Heimlich maneuver, and more. As an MFR, you’ll be well-versed in these techniques to ensure that the patient is breathing while waiting for further assistance.
Register for an MFR course
You can get started with your medical first responder course with Mobile Medical Response. Our 75-hour course will provide all the training you need to be a certified MFR. You can learn more about our courses or enroll by calling our education office at 989-907-3698. You can also send your inquiries using our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you in class.