The chances are good that some of you will one day save someone’s life by quick action and thoughtful response. Or it may be your life that is saved . . . .
I get on the train each day and am confronted by a panel which announces the location of the “AED” unit (“Automated External Defibrillator”). I’ve seen this notice time and time again. My eyes glaze over and I move to my seat. In my post of October 21, 2011, I recounted that the best course I ever took in college was a year-long tutorial on advanced first aid (it has come in so handy over the years). Thus, a few weeks ago, something clicked. I should figure out what this “AED” thingee is. So while having lunch at my desk – I logged onto a YouTube video which told the story of the AED (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfvu5FCQs6o ). I may not – yet – be ready to use it but I’ve got a better idea now of what an AED does. And how it works. Hopefully, I will never need it. I would suggest to those reading this post to spend 4 minutes and learn about the AED.
And while you’re doing that, why not learn the Heimlich Maneuver? I’ve done it twice – successfully. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CgtIgSyAiU&feature=kp
A baby choking? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSnEpheYkY
How about CPR (“Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation”)? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEFskCrdhQ&feature=kp
Heavy bleeding? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwV39oxGwZU
If you watch all of these videos (if they don’t “link” just paste them in your browser), you will spend maybe 30 minutes. It may be the most valuable 30 minutes you ever spend. And someone – maybe you – will be eternally grateful.