Online First Aid Course

First Aid is defined as the medical attention that is given to an ill or injured person before medical experts arrive on the scene. This course follows Nationally Accepted guidelines and is valid for 2 years.

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Chapter 13: Poison Emergencies

A poison is a substance that can cause injury, illness or death if it enters the body accidently or deliberately. Some poisons are harmful if you breathe or swallow them, while others are harmful upon direct contact.
  •  Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Cleaning products
  • Food (i.e., contaminated water, mishandled food)
  • Pesticides
  • Plants (i.e., poison ivy)
  • Poisonous liquids
  • Poisonous gases
Signs and Symptoms:
  •  Burning around the lips and tongue
  • Burning or tearing of eyes
  • Change of consciousness
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations
  • Irregular pupil size
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin color change
  • Seizures, headache, dizziness, weakness
  • Troubled breathing
Common Emergency Example(s):
Swallowed Poisons:

These poisons enter the body by swallowing and can include: food, drugs, alcohol, household and cleaning products, pesticides, plants and more. Some substances may not be poisonous if taken in a small quantity.


Inhaled Poison:

A person can also be poisoned by breathing in poison, like certain fumes and gases. Examples include: carbon monoxide (car exhaust), carbon dioxide (from sewers, wells), chlorine (found in swimming pools), glues and paints.

Absorbed Poison:

These poisons are absorbed through the skin, and include: plants (poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac), fertilizers, pesticides and more.

Injected Poison:

An injected poison enters the body through bites or stings of insects, spiders, ticks, snakes and / or through medical hypodermic needles.

First Aid Actions / Treatment:
  1. Assess the scene and check for your safety. Do not approach the person if the scene is unsafe. Keep an eye out for signs of poison – leaking containers, gases, etc.
  2. Get a First Aid kit and wear personal protective equipment.
  3. Activate EMS (Call 9-1-1) and call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Follow dispatcher instructions. Gather the following information and inform poison control of what you learn:
  • Type of poison
  • Quantity taken / inhaled / touched
  • When did it happen?
  • Person’s weight; age
  1. If possible, remove the poison. Remove any contaminated jewelry or clothing and brush off solid substances with a gloved hand.
  2. Rinse the contaminated area with water for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Move the person to a poison-free scene, if possible.
  4. If CPR is required, be sure to wear a breathing barrier to protect yourself from possible exposure to the poison.

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Capítulo 1 Introducción

*Este curso ahora incluye la Guía provisional de la AHA y la ECC de 2020 para el soporte vital básico (RCP) en relación con la reanimación de pacientes con COVID-19, sospechosos o confirmados. Busque estas actualizaciones provisionales a lo largo del curso.

El paro cardíaco súbito (SCA) es una de las principales causas de muerte entre los adultos en los Estados Unidos. La reanimación cardiopulmonar (RCP) aumenta drásticamente las posibilidades de supervivencia de una víctima que sufre de PCS.

La RCP es una combinación de compresiones torácicas y respiraciones, y proporciona un flujo sanguíneo crítico y oxígeno al corazón y al cerebro.

Si la RCP se inicia dentro de los tres a cinco (3-5) minutos del colapso, aumenta la posibilidad de supervivencia de la víctima y reduce la posibilidad de daño permanente.

Este curso sigue las pautas más recientes y actualizadas de 2020 Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) y AHA, y ha sido diseñado para ayudarlo a adquirir las habilidades que necesitará para responder de manera efectiva en una situación de emergencia.

Esquema de los temas del curso:
  1. Introducción
  2. Evaluación de la situación
  3. Compresiones-Vía Aérea-Respiración (CAB)
  4. RCP para adultos: compresiones
  5. RCP en adultos: vías respiratorias y respiraciones
  6. RCP para adultos: Júntelo
  7. RCP infantil
  8. RCP infantil
  9. Desfibrilador Externo Automático (DEA)
  10. Atragantamiento – Adulto y Niño
  11. Atragantamiento: bebés
  12. Directrices de RCP por coronavirus
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