We began day two with a quiz to review everything that we had learned the previous day. After a morning quiz we jumped into CPR. I have taken part in quite a few CPR classes in my life, but today was the best! J-Lo gave us all of the pertinent information and then led us through several scenarios in which CPR was a key component. The hands-on practice and repetition really prepared us to be ready for a real life situation. Each person in the course will receive Adult and Child CPR certification along with their WFR Certification.
The main focus of the afternoon session was spinal cord injuries. We learned to lift and move a patient that had an MOI for a spinal injury by BEAMing, log-rolls, and superman rolls. The instructors supplied us with a back board and a litter. We strapped students in and hiked them around to get a feel for what it would be like haul someone for a long distance. An afternoon thunderstorm rolled in just in time to give us a sense of urgency as we packed and strapped our patient in for evacuation. I can’t believe how much I have already learned, and it is only Day 2!
Photo – Brian practices immobilizing Jeremy’s head using an improvised neck collar and head blocks.